Key points

  • More than 10 per cent growth in international passengers from August 2017 to 2018.
  • Cebu Pacific Air launched its non-stop service to Manila

Melbourne Airport experienced a strong month of travel with 3.1 million passengers flying during August, a rise of 5.2 per cent compared to traveller figures in August 2017.

International passenger volumes were also strong, rising by 10.3 per cent on August last year.

In another significant development, Cebu Pacific Air joined Melbourne Airport launching its non-stop service between Melbourne and Manila, taking the airport’s total number of airlines to 39.

Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said traveller numbers are performing well as expected, as overall figures for the financial year to date hit 6.4 million, substantially higher than the same period last year.

“Melbourne Airport’s latest data reveals passenger numbers from 1 July 2018 to 30 August are already at 6,390,335 – which is 4.2 per cent higher than passenger volumes between July and August in 2017,” said Mr Strambi.

“Last month more than 940,000 travellers flew in and out of Melbourne on an international service, representing growth of more than 10 per cent. Further to this, the financial year to date figures show 1.9 million people travelled on an international service, which is 8.8 per cent higher than the same two-month period last year.”

Mr Strambi said he was pleased to welcome Cebu Pacific Air to Melbourne Airport mid-month.

“Cebu Pacific Air’s service provides an important link between Melbourne and Manila – supporting tourism, and expanding our freight ability into Asia,” said Mr Strambi.

"Our international network is growing at an unprecedented rate and we’re in a great position to be able to facilitate connections all over the world. It is our aspiration to take tourism, freight and trade opportunities to another level through building a third runway, which would allow us to cater to around 100 aircraft movements per hour, up from 50 an hour, which we currently service.

“We will continue to pursue new destination opportunities, while improving our asset, now and into the future.”

Visit Victoria CEO Peter Bingeman congratulated Melbourne Airport on another fantastic outcome.

“This is a wonderful result for Melbourne Airport and a testament to the great work this organisation is doing to entice airlines, like Cebu, and customers from all over the world.”

“Visit Victoria is proud to work alongside the tourism industry to attract investment and ensure Victoria remains at the top of the list as a travel priority for visitors from all over Australia and the world.”

Passenger figures for August 2018:

PassengersAugust 2018August 2017Growth (%)*
Total (ex transits)3,104,8042,951,1105.2%
Total (ex transits)3,104,804

*Monthly percentage growth compared to August 2017

Passenger figures for FY to August 2018

 Financial Year  
PassengersAugust 2018August 2017Growth (%)*
Total (ex transits)6,390,3356,131,4544.2%
PassengersAugust 2018
Total (ex transits)6,390,335

*Note figures are rounded

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