Tuesday 5 December 2023

Brisbane Airport forecasts 3.7m passengers over holidays

Brisbane Airport has this week revealed their forecast for passenger numbers over the Winter holiday period, which is expected to be 3.7m passengers.
It is understood the range for this is between the 1st of December to the 28th January, which is expected to increase by 20% compared to the same period last year.

Brisbane Airport also outlined what they expect to be the busiest days in that date range from their international terminal:
Rank Date Total passengers International Terminal
1 Sat 6th of January 2024 20,200
2 Fri 22nd of December 2023 20,000
3 Sun 7th of January 2023 20,000
4 Sat 23rd of December 2023 19,800
5 Fri 5th of January 2024 19,400

Commenting on this further was Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport:

“It’s vital our hospitality industry is ready for the return of this powerhouse market”.

“The growth of arrivals from India has been meteoric. This is a rapidly expanding market with a new generation of travelers connecting with friends and family in Queensland.”

“For Queenslanders heading overseas, New Zealand remains the most popular destination simply because we have the biggest number of Kiwis in Australia and many love to connect with family at this time of year. Over the Christmas period there are up to 92 flights per week in each direction, up from 70 last year.

“This is the first Christmas holidays that Queenslanders have been directly connected to Vietnam, thanks to Vietjet, so it is a trending destination.”

"Capacity to Japan has recently quadrupled through Qantas and Jetstar and is very popular for Christmas. And United Airlines has begun it service from Brisbane to Los Angeles, which is expanding capacity to the United States.”

“To think during the darkest days of the pandemic there were days of zero international passengers, and now we are back to 20,000 per day.”

All eyes will be on how Brisbane Airport gets on over this Winter period.

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