The 766,439 international travellers processed at Melbourne Airport in December 2022 is almost 120,000 more than the preceding month and represents 71% of the number recorded in December 2019.

A total of 2,635,925 passengers passed through Melbourne Airport in December, which is 79% of the 3,332,940 passengers processed in December 2019.

It’s the highest monthly total since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the 1,869,468 domestic traveller number was down on the preceding three months, reflecting higher airfares, capacity constraints and changing consumer behaviour.

Melbourne Airport Chief Executive Officer Lorie Argus said airport providers continue to hire staff to cater for the increasing number of travellers and cargo.

 “Demand for international flights keeps growing and last month we saw incredibly high load factors on flights departing Melbourne,” she said. 

“We’re expecting further capacity increases in the coming months as Chinese carriers resume flights to

Melbourne, VietJet launches direct services to Ho Chi Minh City and Qantas returns to Hong Kong.

“These flights are huge employment generators both at Melbourne Airport and in the wider Victorian economy.

 “Since the international boarder re-opened, more than 4,000 people have been hired at Melbourne Airport and there are still close to 2,000 jobs that need filling across airline, ground handling and retail operations.

 “Aviation is an exciting and challenging industry to work in and there’s no better time to join the team.”

 Passenger figures for December 2022:

PassengersDecember 2022December 2021Growth (%)*
Total (ex transits)2,635,9251,115,233+136%
Total (ex transits)2,635,925

*Monthly percentage growth compared to December 2021

Passenger figures for Financial Year to December

PassengersFinancial Year 2022/23Financial Year 2021/22Growth (%)*
Total (ex transits)15,059,3942,131,956+606%
Total (ex transits)15,059,394

*percentage growth compared to FY 2021/22