Queensland Airports Limited has recorded its busiest November ever, collectively growing 4.8 per cent from November 2016.
Together, almost 700,000 passengers passed through the four ports, with Gold Coast, Townsville, and Mount Isa airports all recording growth on the year prior.
QAL CEO Chris Mills said Mount Isa Airport was again a standout this month, recording a 10.8 per cent increase in passenger movements on last year.
“This has been the trend for Mount Isa Airport all year, which is a clear indicator that the Isa economy is on the up,” Mr Mills said.
“We are seeing significant and substantial developments commence across the North West, which is bolstering economic development and jobs in the region.”
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Mr Mills said Gold Coast Airport benefited from strong demand in domestic and long haul international services this month.
“Our increase in passenger movements this November shows the strength of the region,” Mr Mills said.
“Gold Coast Airport’s biggest market is Sydney which showed a 6 per cent increase for the month of November.”
Momentum at Townsville Airport has continued to reach new heights, with the port recording an 8.8 per cent increase on last year.
“Whilst the Bali services have been affected by volcanic activity, Townsville’s domestic market has been going from strength to strength, assisted by the addition of Tigerair’s Melbourne services earlier this year,” Mr Mills said.
“This is great for the Townsville economy, and underlines the importance of getting on with the capital upgrades in the airport, which are required to meet future growth.”
Longreach airport passenger numbers for November were steady when compared to the year prior.
Gold Coast went to 544,012 in 2017 from 524,811 in 2016, a growth of 3.7%
Townsville went to 135,321 in 2017 from 124,335 in 2016, a growth of 8.8%
Mount Isa went to 16,895 in 2017 from 15,242 in 2016, a growth of 10.8%
Longreach went to 2,566 in 2017 from 2,567, in 2016, no growth.
Total passengers went to 698,794 in 2017 from 666,955 in 2016 a growth of 4.8%