Air­lines put on 70,000 more seats into Cairns

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Nick Dal­ton

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.

Kevin Brown

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