Key points

  • International passenger growth up by 5.4 per cent.
  • International financial year-to-date data up by 5.8 per cent.

Melbourne Airport is pleased to report that overall international passenger volumes are up by 5.4 per cent this month compared to figures in May 2018. 
Boosted by a late Easter long weekend and the beginning of Ramadan celebrations, the airport also saw international passenger traffic in the financial year-to-date grow by 5.8 per cent compared to the same time last year.
Domestic travel has remained steady this month as visitors have continued to seek out Melbourne as a cultural hub. 
Events such as the Terracotta Warriors at the NGV, the Harry Potter theatre production and the city’s well-loved AFL have been key draw cards for Victorian tourism.
Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said he was pleased to see passenger traffic rise.
“The onset of winter has been no excuse for people to stay away from Melbourne – I’m delighted that our team have been on hand to provide a warm welcome to passengers as winter has touched down in Victoria,” said Mr Strambi.
Peter Bingeman, Chief Executive Officer for Visit Victoria said: ‘Melbourne is home to some of the nation’s best galleries and exhibitions - it’s no wonder we have such a strong reputation for prestigious arts and culture.  And with the AFL season now well underway, I expect the airport will continue to be a critical gateway for sports lovers from across the nation.’

Passenger figures for May 2019:

PassengersMay 2019May  2018Growth (%)*
Total (ex transits)2,885,5172,833,9771.8%
Total (ex transits)2,885,517

*Monthly percentage growth compared to May 2018

Passenger figures for FY to May 2019:

PassengersMay 2019May 2018Growth (%)*
Total (ex transits)34,523,01133,807,0042.1%
Total (ex transits)34,523,011

*Note figures are rounded