Strong summer growth for Sunshine Coast Airport
The summer of 2016 has been a record breaker for Sunshine Coast Airport with passenger numbers growing for the sixth consecutive month, making Sunshine Coast Airport the fastest growing airport in the country.
Over the summer months (December to February) a total of 244,708 passengers used the flight services at Sunshine Coast Airport, representing growth of 19% on the same period 12 months prior.
Increased services by Virgin Australia and Jetstar, the first summer of flights by Air New Zealand, and the start of Qantas services to Sydney all contributed to the strong growth.
Recently released December data from the Commonwealth Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) confirms Sunshine Coast Airport as the fastest growing airport in the country for December, the sixth month running at the top of the chart.
The airport experienced a 17% year on year increase in total passengers for the month of December, with Cairns (8.8%), Alice Springs (8.6%), Hobart (7.2%) and Melbourne (7.2%) rounding out the top five.
Sunshine Coast Airport General Manager Peter Pallot said the airport was continuing to go from strength to strength with February passenger figures a prime example.
“February was a sensational month for the airport and the figures clearly demonstrate the growing popularity of the airport with both locals and visitors,” Mr Pallot said