Sunshine Coast Airport is No.1 for another month
  • Friday 11 December 2015
Aerial photograph of Sunshine Coast AirportSunshine Coast Airport has continued its positive growth trend with six consecutive months of year on year growth in passenger numbers and a third consecutive month as the fastest growing major airport in Australia.

November statistics released today show 79,905 passengers utilised flight services at Sunshine Coast Airport during the month – a 10% increase on the previous 12 months and the sixth consecutive month of year on year growth. 

Further confirming the trend, the Commonwealth Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) data for September showed Sunshine Coast Airport experienced a 13.8% jump in total passengers for September compared to the same period 12 months ago, again making it the fastest growing airport in the country.

The airport experienced a 13.2% rise in domestic and regional airline passenger numbers as well as a 32.4% increase in international travellers. 

The other two airports rounding out the top three positions were Gold Coast Airport (8.1% total passenger growth) and Melbourne Airport (6.2% total passenger growth).

Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the new figures.

“These figures reinforce the strong results the airport has received throughout 2015, including posting a record first quarter of the new financial year and a number of new monthly records,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“We are seeing giant leaps forward in passenger demand for what our airport offers and there is still so much more potential there.

“Options to and from the Sunshine Coast are set to become even greater for travellers from this month with Air New Zealand starting its first summer season flights from Sunday (December 13).”

Sunshine Coast Airport General Manager Peter Pallot is excited to be welcoming the Air New Zealand summer flights this weekend.

“The Sunshine Coast – Auckland services have been a great success over the winter months but being able to fly direct in summer opens up a whole new dimension in flying local,” Mr Pallot said.

“Sunshine Coast residents can now easily visit family and friends in New Zealand for the festive season or enjoy a summer holiday in Auckland.”

December also sees the return of Qantas to the Sunshine Coast. 

Flights start on December 21, with flight timing designed to meet the needs of the holiday traveller through until January 31. 

From February 8 a business-friendly flight schedule is introduced allowing Sunshine Coasters to fly from their local airport, arrive in Sydney to do a full day’s work and return again that evening.