Melbourne airport international arrivals increasing

27 Aug 2014

International air traffic into Melbourne Airport increased by 9.2 per cent from the previous financial year according to new figures released last month.

In the 2013/14 financial year, more than 31 million passengers passed through the airport representing a a 4 per cent increase from the previous financial year.

International passengers accounted for 7.75 million of this total, while the number of domestic passengers reached 23.3 million.

The number of domestic passengers moving through the airport also increased by 2.4 per cent. 

There was also an 11 per cent growth in the international market in May, which Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff attributed to an increase in passengers from Japan.

Mr Woodruff said the increase in passengers was also due to a number of events in Melbourne.

"International passenger growth in May was also boosted by two global conferences, the World Congress of Cardiology and the International Congress of World Federation of Haemophilia, both held at the Melbourne Convention Bureau," he said.

"These two conferences alone brought more than 10,000 delegates to our city and injected more than $50 million into local businesses and our state economy, demonstrating just how valuable our global events calendar is for our state."

Other new international services introduced include Air India's direct service between Melbourne and Delhi and Air Calin's new Melbourne to Noumea route. Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, China Eastern , Singapore Airlines, Air Asia X  and Malaysia Airlines have also increased capacity or services to Melbourne airport between June 2013-14.