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Queensland Visitor Arrivals on the up

Latest figures from the Brisbane Airport Corporation show an increase in both domestic and international visitor numbers to Queensland.

The number of international passengers jumped by 2.7% in August to more than 1.4 million while there was a 4% increase in domestic passenger numbers to 1.5 million in August compared to the same time last year.

Brisbane Airport has recorded a 2.7% growth in total passenger numbers in August, with 1,844,267 passing through the domestic and international terminals in during the month.

Leading growth markets were UAE (an increase of 71%), Russia (152%), Eastern Europe (36%), South/Central America (53%) and Africa (24%). Japanese and South Korean visitor markets showed strong growth.

Intrastate traffic remained strong, increasing by more than 10%, compared to a 1.2% increase in interstate city pair traffic growth.

Brisbane Airport will receive international capacity increases from China Southern, which will offer daily services to Brisbane from mid-December to the end of February 2013, and Etihad Airways, which adds four weekly flights for daily services to Abu Dhabi from February 2013.

Last week, Melbourne Airport reported a 7% increase in international and domestic passenger numbers for August.

Sydney Airport reported that passenger traffic has reached a new monthly high in August, rising 5.7 % compared to the same period last year.

International traffic was driven by double-digit growth in Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian, Chinese and Indian nationals arriving in Sydney,” Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather said.

She said capacity was a key driver of passenger growth, with airlines such as Aerolineas Argentinas, China Eastern and Air Canada adding more seats to Sydney Airport from December this year.

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