Cairns, Brisbane Airports chart growth

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 15/09/2004 - 00:37

Cairns, Brisbane Airports chart growth
Cairns and Brisbane International Airports are amongst the fastest growing in Australia for arriving international visitors, Tourism Minister Margaret Keech said today.

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Tourism, Fair Trading &
Wine Industry Development
Margaret Keech
tourism@cabinet.qld.gov.au
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03/09/04

Mrs Keech said Australian Bureau of Statistics Overseas Arrivals and Departures figures revealed Cairns Airport charted 6.8 per cent annual growth and Brisbane 5 per cent growth in the two years to June 2004.

"In the year ended June 2004, over 960,000 international visitors arrived at Brisbane Airport while more than 367,000 arrived at Cairns Airport," Mrs Keech said.

"This made Brisbane one of Australia's busiest airports - busier even than Melbourne."

Mrs Keech said the figures were good news for the state, with more visitors choosing Queensland as their port of entry into Australia over traditional gateways such as Sydney and Melbourne.

This was also reflected by an increased number of air services into Queensland from key international airlines such as Singapore, Qantas and Emirates.

"Five years ago Queensland was struggling in terms of international access, but over recent years Tourism Queensland and its aviation partners have aggressively courted international airlines into increasing capacity into the state - and we are now reaping the rewards," she said.

"Singapore Airlines, for example, recently announced it would introduce an additional five weekly services into Brisbane from November this year.

"In June, Qantas also introduced three weekly non-stop Qantas Los Angeles - Brisbane flights, which have added an extra 1300 weekly seats into Queensland from the US."

Other increases in international capacity include:

* the commencement earlier this year of daily Pacific Blue services on the Brisbane-Christchurch route, bringing in an additional 1239 seats per week.

* the commencement of daily Emirates Airlines services into Brisbane, bringing in an additional 2660 seats per week;

* two new weekly services from Taiwan into Brisbane with China Airlines;

* Australian Airlines' two weekly seasonal services from Sapporo to Cairns between November 2004 and March 2005.

"With international visitor numbers into Australia predicted to increase 6 per cent per year over the next decade, Tourism Queensland is committed to working with its aviation partners to ensure we have the capacity and facilities to meet that demand," Mrs Keech said.

Media contact:
Julia Wilkins 3224 2002
or Belinda Carroll 3224 2007

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