Australia’s Adelaide International airport recorded a 5% growth in passenger numbers for fiscal year 2014 to 7.69 million, up from 7.33 million in the year before.
The increase was led by the launch of new international services by Jetstar and AirAsia X out of Adelaide, which pushed the international passenger traffic up by 25.5% to 908,000. This was then followed by a 3.5% increase in domestic traffic to 6.21 million, says the airport.
Despite the higher numbers, regional traffic declined 4.7% to 575,000, primarily due to a reduction in resource industry-related traffic.
“Our consistent growth has caught the attention of international carriers and resulted in a substantial improvement in the availability of direct services out of Adelaide,” adds the airport’s managing director Mark Young. “We now have 53 international services operating directly from Adelaide per week, compared to 33 this time three years ago.”