Domestic flights to and from Melbourne doubled last month compared to October thanks to the reopening of borders with New South Wales, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.
Restriction free flying saw domestic daily passenger numbers jump from about 1,000 people a day to around 10,000 a day.
In November alone the airport welcomed more passengers than the previous three months combined peaking at 111,600 domestic and international travellers.
Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said it was a relief that things were finally moving in the right direction, but warned it was still a far cry from business-as-usual at the airport.
“Last month, tens of thousands of Victorians took advantage of the restart to interstate travel, which had tremendous flow on effects to businesses right around the country. All of the reunions across our airport, and others, were really heart-warming. It was a timely reminder of what our business is all about,” said Mr Strambi.
“November was particularly significant for us with Australia’s busiest air route – Melbourne-Sydney – back up and running, connecting the nation’s two largest populations and economies.
“One of the most pleasing things was to see many people from across our airport community return to work. From security staff to retail, our cafes and transport operators, there is a real sense of joy and hope that the worst of COVID is behind us. We remain very focused of course, on the safety of our guests and the people who come to work right across the airport.”
Mr Strambi flagged December would be busy with all states and territories reopening their borders to Victoria, permitting travel over the festive season.
“Australians have displayed strong confidence in air travel. November volumes were ahead of our expectations and it is a great relief to be up and running again ahead of our busy holiday period.”
Passenger figures for November 2020:
|Passengers||November 2020||November 2019||Growth (%)*|
|Total (ex transits)||111,600||3,178,599||-96.5%|
|Total (ex transits)||111,600|
*Monthly percentage growth compared to November 2019
Passenger figures for Financial Year to November 2020/21
|Passengers||Financial Year 2020/21 (‘000)||Financial Year 2019/20 (‘000)||Growth (%)*|
|Total (ex transits)||302,368||15,986,408||-98.1%|
|Total (ex transits)||302,368|
*percentage growth compared to FY 2019/20