20-Feb-2013 12:55 PM

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport pax up 4% in Jan-2013, int'l traffic afected by Chinese New Year

Australia's Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport passenger numbers up 4% - traffic highlights for Jan-2013:

  • Passenger numbers: 3.3 million, +3.8% year-on-year;
    • Domestic: 2.1 million, +4.9%;
    • International: 1.2 million, +1.9%.

Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather said (20-Feb-2013) international passenger traffic growth was impacted by Chinese New Year falling later in the year than in 2012. Ms Mather added international traffic growth was "driven by key Asian nationalities, particularly Malaysian and Indian passengers, which grew 13% and 12% respectively. It was also pleasing to see an excellent performance from the USA with growth of 9% driven primarily by increased capacity and peak season demand. Australian outbound travel grew by 4.1% for the month, with particularly strong outbound growth to leisure destinations such as Malaysia, Japan and Thailand."