Perth: passengers peak

Perth Airport has gone against the grain of other state capitals and recorded yet another increase in domestic passenger numbers…

Federal data released yesterday showed 598,800 domestic passengers used the airport in July, a 1.2 per cent increase on the record number 12 months prior.

Perth was one of only two state capitals to record an increase – Adelaide, with a 0.5 per cent increase was the other –  in the midst of a domestic travel slump.

However, it was a mixed bag on the major routes to and from the airport. Passenger numbers fell 0.6 per cent on the Melbourne route, 2.4 per cent to and from Sydney and 27.3 per cent between Perth and Kalgoorlie.

There were increases of 3.5 per cent to and from Brisbane, 13.1 per cent between Perth and Broome and 18.2 per cent on the Adelaide route.

Passenger loads told a similar story, with flights flying fewer passengers on each plane to and from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Broome and Kalgoorlie, but more passengers on each trip between Perth and Brisbane.