China is the driving force for international passenger growth at Melbourne Airport, according to the propertys head, with an 18.
2 percent increase in arrivals from the region during the third quarter last year.
Compared to the same quarter 2011, the jump contributed the airlines overall nine percent increase in international passengers over the same period.
While China lead the rise other Asian regions including Taiwan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines also help usher up the figure with 16.9 percent, 14.4 percent and 11.8 percent growths.
The US also played an integral role, with visitors from America jumping 11.9 percent over the same quarter while arrivals from New Zealand escalated by 9.2 percent.
The airports chief executive Chris Woodruff pinned the propertys success to the citys calendar of events including the Australian Open, Formula 1 Grand Prix and International Comedy Festival.
This is paying great dividends for Victoria as a destination for international visitors, and is part of our strategy to ensure that Melbourne attracts its proper share of international passenger traffic in and out of Australia, Mr Woodruff said.
Domestic on the other hand saw only a slight increase of one percent for the third quarter of last year compared to the same period 2011, with 36,842 more locals passing through Melbournes gateway.
We are focused on making sure that Melbourne Airport is ready for future growth in domestic travel, and the Southern Precinct project which includes the development of a new domestic terminal, airfield facilities, ground transport infrastructure and road upgrades is part of our proposed program of investment over the next five years that is budgeted in excess $1 billion, Mr Woodruff concluded.
As part of plans to boost the gateway, Melbourne Airport released plans late last year to makeover its terminals as well as introduce new technological updates.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J