The number of international passengers passing through Melbourne Airport in September 2022 increased by a staggering 5,525 percent over the same month the previous year, when Melbourne was in its last lockdown.
With just 10,356 international passengers using Melbourne Airport in September 2021, the airport registered 582,481 passengers in September 2022, its highest monthly international passenger numbers since the pandemic.
An estimated 1,898,333 domestic passengers were processed through Melbourne Airport’s terminals, including the recently integrated T3/T4 terminals, during the week of the AFL Grand Final due to the increase in demand for domestic travel due to the school holiday.
Despite rising demand, September 2019 had a decline of 13% in domestic passengers and 38% in international passengers compared to September 2019.
This indicates the total number of vacant seats, with domestic capacity at 84% of September 2019 levels and international capacity at 60% of the same levels.
As more airlines make a comeback and others add new routes, Melbourne Airport CEO Lorie Argus anticipates an increase in passenger numbers.