Syden Traffic Passes 1 million for the first time Post -COVID
Sydney Airport’s domestic passenger traffic increased 80 per cent in March to cross the million mark for the first time since the COVID pandemic.
The business revealed the numbers travelling through were 1,120,000, up significantly from February’s 596,000 and smashing the post-COVID December high of 659,000.
It comes despite Brisbane’s snap five-day lockdown that occurred at the end of the month.
The news means Australia’s normally busiest airport has recovered 50 per cent of its traffic recorded during March 2019. It was down just 15 per cent on the same month last year, too.
“The overwhelming response from Australians demonstrates loud and clear that they are ready to get back in the air and travel and are a positive sign for the aviation and tourism sectors as they look to recover from the impacts of COVID-19,” said the business in a statement.
“As a sign of renewed confidence and pent-up travel demand for travel, more than 85 per cent of the new bookings have been booked for travel from May onwards.”
Sydney also recorded 33,000 international passengers consistent with 27,000 the previous.