MAp Airports have recorded strong growth in passenger traffic across its entire portfoilo this May, with European operations recovering from April’s volcanic ash cloud disruptions.
Sydney Airport recorded 2.7 million international passengers last month, a year-on-year growth of 9 percent, according to The Moodie Report. MAp airports said this positive trend is set to continue with China Southern Airlines announcing recently it plans to increase capacity on its Sydney-Guangzhou route, introducing two flights daily from October 31 this year.
The Australian, New Zealand, US, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Canadian and German markets all recorded solid growth in Sydney, while the UK and Indian markets declined by 2 and 15 percent respectively.
Growth in the Asian market for Scandinavian Airlines’ (SAS) long-haul market – particularly in Tokyo and Beijing – helped drive the recovery of Copenhagen Airport.
This resulted in an 11 percent increase in Asian traffic at the airport, adding to the 1.89 million international passengers recorded last month. The airport registered overall traffic growth of 11.9 percent year-on-year for May, with an increase in international traffic of 9.7 percent.
Brussels Airport record a 1.9 percent increase year-on-year for international passenger traffic last month. The 1.57 million passengers recorded at the airport came on the back of a 7.2 percent increase in long-haul, non-European traffic.
Intra-European traffic posted a year-on-year loss of one percent however, which can be attributed to factors such as the British Airways cabin crew strikes and last year’s bankruptcy of Sky Europe.
But higher load factors across most major long-haul carriers, along with new US and Asian routes, ensured positive overall growth was recorded at the airport. United and Hainan Airlines introduced new routes from Brussels, to Chicago and Shanghai respectively, while US and Jet Airways both offered increased capacity.
Continued growth is expected within the airport, with eight more routes expected to open within the next three months, five of which aim to develop Brussels Airlines’ African network.“Our airports continue to deliver a good performance,” said MAp Chief Executive Kerrie Mather. “Particularly pleasing are the capacity announcements that will deliver continued growth at our airports.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.F