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    Melbourne Airport passenger performance February 2021

    17 MARCH 2021 / By Melbourne Airport

    Melbourne Airport welcomed 419,122 passengers in February, a figure that would normally be reached within five days pre-COVID-19.
     
    The low numbers were driven by Victoria’s five-day lockdown mid-month, and subsequent state border closures.
     
    Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said February is traditionally a quieter travel period, but the latest numbers indicate damaged traveller confidence.
     
    “The frequent closures of state borders continue to severely damage traveller confidence. We support the discussions being had by industry and National Cabinet about how the country transitions away from border closures as the primary policy response to outbreaks. Realistically, until travellers have that certainty the aviation and tourism sectors will continue to be impacted,” said Mr Strambi.
     
    “Last month international arrivals were also paused again by the Victorian State Government, a decision we hope to see lifted soon. Each time international arrivals are paused we see international airlines reconsider their engagement to Melbourne, something which will hamper the State’s recovery from COVID.” 
     
    Mr Strambi added that while it was positive to see the Federal Government investing in a tourism support package, he hoped that capital city tourism was considered in future funding rounds, particularly cities such as Melbourne which received high numbers of international tourists pre-COVID.
     
    Passenger figures for February 2021:          

    Passengers February 2021 February 2020 Growth (%)*
    International 12,162 746,104 -98.4%
    Domestic 406,960 1,873,318 -78.3%
    Total (ex transits) 419,122 2,619,422 -84.0%
    *Monthly percentage growth compared to February 2020

    Passenger figures for Financial Year to February 2020/21
    Passengers Financial Year 2020/21 (‘000) Financial Year 2019/20 (‘000) Growth (%)*
    International 114,031 7,686,828 -98.5%
    Domestic 2,020,596 17,534,902 -88.5%
    Total (ex transits) 2,134,627 25,221,730 -91.5%
    *percentage growth compared to FY 2019/20