Sydney airport passenger numbers up 3.8% in January

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Sydney airport has reported a 3.8% year-on-year increase in overall passenger numbers to 3.26 million for January.

The airport's international passenger numbers grew by 1.9% to 1.19 million, while its domestic passenger numbers rose by 4.9% to 2.07 million.

"International traffic continued to perform steadily, growing by 1.9% during January. Growth was driven by key Asian nationalities, particularly Malaysian and Indian passengers, which grew by 13% and 12% respectively. It was also pleasing to see an excellent performance from the USA with growth of 9% driven primarily by increased capacity and peak season demand," says the airport's chief executive Kerrie Mather.

"Australian outbound travel grew by 4.1% for the month, with particularly strong outbound growth to leisure destinations such as Malaysia, Japan and Thailand," adds Mather.