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More than 3 million passengers passed through Melbourne Airport in March 2019, 2.1% down on figures during March 2018. Last month 895,162 people flew internationally, 2.4% less than the same time last year, while domestic travel dropped by 1.9%.
Some of the biggest factors in the decrease in passenger traffic include the Easter holiday period, shifting from late March in 2018 to mid-April 2019, coupled with a later school holiday period. Despite the decrease in passenger volumes, the airport’s financial year-to-date figures were up compared to the same time last year, with around 28.5 million people flying through Melbourne, a rise of 2.1% on the previous financial year-to-date figures.
Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said he was disappointed to see traveller numbers drop, however expected to see numbers pick up next month. “While it’s incredibly rare to see a year-on-year decline in passenger numbers, the March-April period does typically fluctuate each year. This is driven predominately by Easter dates and Term 1 school holidays,” said Strambi. “Our financial year-to-date figures still show that numbers are up overall with 28.5 million travellers recorded from 1 July 2018 to the end of March, which is an increase of 2.1% on year-to-date figures the previous year.
“Next month we’re expecting to see passenger figures rise, especially in the international market, and we also look forward to facilitating inbound domestic tourism during the holiday period. Melbourne Airport is the key enabler to facilitate tourism and we will continue to support the state’s economy,” said Strambi.