Melbourne Airport is forecasting a significant increase in passenger numbers over Easter and the school holidays, with nine new services launching in just two weeks and daily passenger numbers expected to increase to the highest levels since COVID-19 began.
The new services will add a combined 800,000 seats per year out of Melbourne Airport, a positive sign for domestic recovery.
Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Lorie Argus said the busy period ahead indicates strong pent-up demand to fly.
“As traveller confidence grows, our domestic airline partners are responding by adding more flights and new routes to major cities, regional and leisure destinations meeting pent-up demand,” said Ms Argus.
“There is a strong appetite for travel among Victorians and as a result, Melbourne Airport is already seeing more activity around the terminal precinct. This shift is really exciting for us and the entire airport community that benefits from additional passengers.”
The increase in forward bookings across all services confirms that many Victorians are looking forward to travelling interstate again.
The nine new services set to depart from Melbourne Airport include:
Qantas: Melbourne-Newcastle, 12 return services a week.
Qantas: Melbourne-Mount Gambier, five return services a week.
Qantas: Melbourne-Wagga Wagga, four return services a week.
Qantas: Melbourne-Albury, four return services a week.
Jetstar: Melbourne-Hamilton Island, four return services a week.
Rex: Melbourne-Gold Coast, twice-daily services.
VIRGIN: Melbourne-Ballina Byron, six return flights a week up until 25 April 2021.
Rex: Melbourne-Adelaide, twice-daily services.
Qantas: Melbourne- Coffs Harbour, daily flights.