Sydney airport passenger numbers up 2.2% in February

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Sydney airport has reported a 2.2% year-on-year increase in overall passenger numbers to 2.85 million for February.

The airport's international passenger numbers grew by 3.1% to 960,000, while its domestic passenger numbers rose by 1.8% to 1.88 million.

"Chinese New Year being in February this year generated strong growth, driven primarily from Malaysian, Hong Kong and Chinese passengers. Mainland Chinese seat capacity for the month was extremely strong, increasing by 22% on the pcp [previous corresponding period]. Overall it is pleasing to see Chinese passengers up 52% for the month and 18% year to date," says the airport's chief executive Kerrie Mather.