Sydney Airport Traffic Performance February 2018

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Sydney Airport Traffic Performance February 2018


Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said, “Sydney Airport welcomed more than 1.3 million international passengers during February, which includes the Lunar New Year period. This has seen strong total passenger growth of 5.1% and importantly, international passenger growth of 7.4% compared to the prior corresponding period. As part of our China ready strategy, Sydney Airport has launched Baidu maps (a popular Chinese mobile navigation service), provided Mandarin speaking ambassadors across the airport and hosted a number of exciting in-terminal performances, to welcome the Year of the Dog.

“The consistently strong growth in international passengers is an important driver for the NSW and Australian economies, with tourism being NSW’s second largest export and largest employer. Sydney Airport has a critical role in driving this growth for NSW. To facilitate this passenger growth, we have invested approximately $4.3 billion since 2002 and continue to invest in infrastructure to deliver efficient capacity, an improved airport experience and service excellence for all our customers.” 

“Our February international passenger increase was driven by 6.4% growth in capacity and a 0.7 percentage point increase in load factors. The solid domestic passenger growth of 3.8% resulted from a 0.5% increase in capacity and a 2.6 percentage point improvement in load factors above the prior corresponding period.  

“The nationalities which had the greatest contribution to our international performance over February were Chinese (+28.2%), USA (+14.1%), Canadian (+10.0%) and Indian (+6.3%). This is a pleasing performance from some of our largest markets and is a direct result of strong demand and increasing seat capacity.   

Top 10 nationalities travelling through Sydney Airport

Last 12 months traffic data

All data is for arriving and departing passengers. All data is taken from management accounts, is provisional and subject to revision.
All data has been rounded to the nearest thousand and in some instances the total may not be equal to the sum of the parts. Percentage changes have been calculated based on actual figures.

This press release was sourced from Sydney Airport on 20-Mar-2018.