Airlines put on 70,000 more seats into Cairns
AIRLINES are adding nearly 70,000 seats on aircraft flying to Cairns until the end of June.
Forward schedules show 1.33 million seats in April, this month and in June, a 5.4 per cent rise over last year.
Cairns Airport chief executive Kevin Brown said domestic passenger numbers continued to grow during April compared to last year, despite Easter falling in March.
“We welcome the ongoing commitment by our domestic airline partners with an additional 5.4 per cent, or 68,000 seats scheduled into Cairns for April, May and June this year, taking the total for that quarter to 1.33 million,” he said.
Tigerair Australia commercial director Adam Rowe said the low cost carrier was adding extra services in June.
“Tigerair Australia has announced additional services to/from Cairns Airport to cater for extra demand during the upcoming school holiday peak travel period,” he said.
“The new services add 360 additional seats through Cairns Airport on June 25 providing three MelbourneCairns flights and two CairnsSydney services on that date.”
He said the airline continued to grow services through Cairns due to demand.
“In the 12 months to the end of April 2016, Tigerair Australia provided nearly 440,000 seats through Cairns Airport, an increase of over 35,000 seats on the previous 12 months (or close to 9 per cent growth,” Mr Rowe said.
“At the same time passengers flown were up by over 13 per cent.”
A Qantas spokeswoman said in April the airline added flights to meet demand for travel over the school holidays.