Key points

  • Busiest day in Terminal 2 Arrivals on 28 January 2019 with 20,715 people
  • Busiest month for Terminal 2 Arrivals overall with 577,106 travellers
  • Air Vanuatu joins Melbourne Airport with services commencing in June

Record numbers of people arrived internationally last month, as more than 577,000 travellers flew into Melbourne during summer.


The airport also welcomed its largest amount of international arrivals on a single day, when almost 21,000 passengers touched down in Melbourne on 28 January 2019.  


Overall international passenger volumes were up by 4.7 per cent compared to figures in January 2018 and financial year-to-date international passenger traffic grew by 7.5 per cent compared to the same time last year.


Domestic travel remained steady, rising by 0.6 per cent compared to traveller numbers in January 2018.


Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said it was great to kick-start the year with record-breaking passenger volumes.


“Melbourne Airport’s soaring international numbers are a positive start to 2019, and we’ll be strengthening the airport’s services by adding a three per week non-stop flight to Vanuatu later this year,” said Mr Strambi.


“Melbourne is continuing to prove that it’s a huge drawcard and we’re pleased to be able to facilitate travel whether it’s for tourism, business or visiting friends and family.


“This year we have ambitious plans to build on the success of 2018 by upgrading many aspects of the airport to improve the overall traveller experience, catering to our growing passenger volumes which are set to reach almost 70 million people by 2038.


“We will be working with our tourism partners to attract new carriers and services while focusing on expanding our runway capabilities to ensure we can keep up with Victoria’s demands for air travel.”


Passenger figures for January 2019:

PassengersJanuary 2019January  2018Growth (%)*
Total (ex transits)3,294,3393,231,7801.9%
Total (ex transits)3,294,339

*Monthly percentage growth compared to January 2018

Passenger figures for FY to January 2019:

PassengersJanuary 2019January 2018Growth (%)*
Total (ex transits)22,546,72421,935,0232.8%
Total (ex transits)22,546,724

*Note figures are rounded