Sydney airport passenger numbers up 3.5% in March

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Sydney airport has reported a 3.5% year-on-year increase in overall passenger numbers to 3.15 million for March.

The airport's international passenger numbers grew by 6% to 1.03 million, while its domestic passenger numbers rose by 2.3% to 2.12 million.

"Chinese travel increased 19% over the pcp [previous corresponding period] and was the best performing nationality during March. This market benefited from Chinese nationals returning home after Lunar New Year celebrations in Sydney," says the airport's chief executive Kerrie Mather. "The USA nationality market also continued its recent strength, up 14% on the pcp. In addition, Sydney Airport enjoyed robust demand from the New Zealand and UK markets, and continued strong growth from Malaysian and Singaporean nationals."

For the first three months of the year, the airport's total passenger numbers grew by 3.2% to 9.26 million, with international passenger numbers increasing by 3.6% to 3.18 million and domestic passenger numbers increasing by 3% to 6.06 million.