Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) has recorded its strongest April everfor passenger numbers, boosted by the timing of Easter and school holidays and supported by an uplift in international passengers on the Gold Coast and in Townsville.

While Easter timing assisted April’s numbers, the combined March and April results were also up on the previous year.

QAL, which owns and operates Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports, recorded seven per cent growth across its ports in April 2017 compared to the prior year.

Results were particularly strong on the Gold Coast, where passengers grew 7.5 per cent,and in Townsville which delivered 6.4 per cent more passengers than the same month in 2016.

Results for the past two years are summarised below:
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It follows a record 8.2 million passenger movements across Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports in the 2016 calendar year, which represented growth of 5.3 per cent on 2015.

QALCEO Chris Mills said strong passenger numbers during the school holidays and Easter reflected the strength of leisure markets across QAL’s ports.

“The Gold Coast continues to show why it is the destination of choice for Australians and international visitors alike. The seven per cent growth in domestic traffic came from a number of markets, in particular Melbourne. Internationally we saw close to 10 per cent growth in international passengers, assisted by Hong Kong Airlines increasing capacity and the addition of more services to Kuala Lumpur with AirAsia X,” he said.

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