Passenger Numbers for April 2018

Cairns Airport welcomed a total of 418,900 passengers during the month of April, which is an overall decrease from the previous April.

Chief Commercial Officer – Aviation, Paul McLean, said April last year was unusual,” Mr McLean said. “Total passenger numbers were boosted by the timing of Easter and the impacts of Cyclone Debbie.”

“In 2017 Easter fell right in the middle of the month of April so all the associated holiday travel occurred during that month. This year Easter Sunday was 1 April so the holiday travel was spread across March and April.”

“The April 2017 passenger numbers were also boosted by additional visitors coming to the region after Cyclone Debbie hit the Whitsundays area in late March that year, prompting travellers to change their plans.”

“Compared to April 2016, passengers increased by 18,700 or 5% in April 2018. This is a like for like comparison as the Easter holidays crossed March and April in both years.”

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