China Flights a Huge Boost

Cairns Airport passenger numbers reached a new record of 5.3 million passengers over the last 12 months.

Chief Commercial Officer – Aviation, Paul McLean, said with Chinese New Year falling in February this year, 60,910 passengers came through the international terminal, up 21% on last February.

“This number was boosted by the new mainland China flights by China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, and additional flights by Hong Kong Airlines,” Mr McLean said.

“Cairns Airport, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Australia, supported by the Queensland Government through its Connecting with Asia fund, are working in partnership with China Southern to grow tourism from China to Tropical North Queensland. This has contributed to the strong growth in passenger numbers during this year’s Chinese New Year season.”

“There were 305,200 domestic passengers, an increase of 9% compared to last February, which also reflected the timing of Chinese New Year. Over 80% of international visitors to Cairns arrive and/or depart on domestic flights.”

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