Mining boom helps Brisbane hit record

Mining boom helps Brisbane hit record
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Almost one million extra passengers travelled through Brisbane Airport in 2012, setting a new record, with the resources boom largely responsible.

In its year-end performance review, the airport said it handled 21.5m travellers, with domestic passengers rising 5% and international up 1.4%.

Overall passenger numbers climbed 4.5%.

Brisbane Airport Corporation chief executive and managing director Julieanne Alroe, described the increase as "very pleasing" in a challenging year.

"While a lot of the growth is being driven by the resources boom, the addition of more seats and the scheduling of larger aircraft, coupled with very competitive airfares, have also contributed," she said.

More than 800,000 additional domestic passengers passed through Brisbane as weekly flight frequency increased from 2,700 to 3,000 flights and the number of seats climbed 1.7 million.

Seven of the top 10 fastest growing routes were within Queensland with intrastate traffic growing at three times the volume of interstate.

Internationally, passenger volumes increased 1.4% despite a slight decrease in seat capacity and frequency.

The growth from emerging markets including China (+19%) and India (+9%) outpaced more mature markets.

"Brisbane also achieved greater than national average growth in the China, US, Papua New Guinea, India and Hong Kong," the airport said.



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