Brisbane Airport in Australia has recorded a 4.6% year-on-year rise in passenger traffic to 21 million passengers in the July 2011 to June 2012 financial year (FY12).
Brisbane Airport CEO and managing director Julieanne Alroe said: "Factors such as the Rugby World Cup, the strong Aussie dollar, the addition of new routes and increased capacity to cater for the fly-in-fly-out market helped us achieve a strong result."
International passenger traffic at the airport increased 4.6% to 4.5 million, and domestic passenger traffic increased 4.5% to 16.51 million compared to the previous financial year, while intrastate / regional traffic accounted for 33% of the airport's domestic traffic in FY12.
Seat capacity on international and domestic routes increased by 4.9% and 5.4% respectively during the year, adding to the general upsurge.
Departures and arrivals of Australian passport holders reported the fastest growth among the airport's markets, with a 6.9% rise to over 2 million passengers.
The airport recorded its highest load factors on routes between Brisbane and Avalon (Melbourne), while services to Perth achieved the highest rise in passenger volumes in FY12.
The airport recorded its peak levels of domestic passengers during Easter, on 5 April 2012 handling nearly 57,000 arrivals and departures, while the busiest day for international travel was 18 September 2011, with 17,000 arrivals and departures.
Brisbane Airport's ten busiest domestic routes for FY12 have been Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Rockhampton and Newcastle, while popular international destinations include New Zealand, USA, Fiji, Thailand and Indonesia.
Passengers from China to Brisbane increased by 24% to 179,000, New Zealand improved by 3.5% to 903,000 and Indian numbers rose 10% to 71,600, contributing to an overall climb in inbound visitors during FY12.
Image: Brisbane airport handled 910,000 additional passengers during FY12 compared with FY11. Photo: courtesy of Nate Cull.