Australia’s Brisbane Airport (BNE) has handled more than 5.6 million international passengers in fiscal year (FY) 2017, registering a significant 7% growth in traffic compared to FY16.

Overall passenger volumes, including domestic traffic, marked a rise of approximately 2% compared to the same period last year, with more than 22.8 million passengers travelling through the airport.

During FY2017, BNE managed an additional 42,500 domestic passengers and approximately 364,300 more international passengers compared to the last financial year.

The airport is operated by Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC).

"The number of domestic destinations on offer also increased from 44 to 50 in FY17, making BNE the most domestically connected airport in Australia."

BAC CEO and managing director Julieanne Alroe said: “The real gains this year have been made through the increase in international travel which has been stimulated by a 7.9% boost in overseas flights, two new destinations and the addition of more than 425,700 seats to and from Brisbane in FY17.

“The addition of China Eastern flights between BNE and Shanghai, new Malindo Air Kuala-Lumpur–Denpasar-Brisbane flights, and consistently high loads have contributed to this great result.”

In domestic traffic, the airport reported a 0.2% year-on-year rise, with more than 17.2 million passengers using the airport terminals.

Alroe added: “The number of domestic destinations on offer also increased from 44 to 50 in FY17, making BNE the most domestically connected airport in Australia.”

In FY17, the major international growth markets for BNE were Canada (+97%), Taiwan (+31%), the UK, including Ireland (+7%), and Japan (+13%).

At the start of the financial year, the airport commenced direct flight services to 27 international destinations.