Int’l growth at Adelaide
INCREASED capacity on international routes and South Australians’ search for winter sunshine have contributed to strong growth in passenger numbers through Adelaide Airport in the first quarter of the 2020 financial year.
Passenger statistics recorded by Adelaide Airport Limited revealed a 15.3% increase in traffic attributed to international travellers between Jul and Sep compared with the previous corresponding period, while domestic passenger numbers climbed 3.1% in the quarter.
The airport noted the commencement of Malindo Air’s four-weekly services on its Adelaide-Denpasar-Kuala Lumpar route, combined with Jetstar’s additional services to Bali, Singapore Airline’s switch from Airbus A330 to the Airbus A350 on routes to Adelaide, and Qatar Airways’ up-gauge of aircraft from A350-900 to the Boeing 777300ER had boosted international passenger traffic through the airport to 310,000 for the quarter compared with 269,000 the previous year.
Meanwhile the growth in domestic traffic was attributed to an increase in demand for travel to the other state capitals, and to regional resource routes including Whyalla, Port Augusta, Moomba and Olympic Dam.