New record in passengers

Newcastle Airport’s final passenger numbers for 2010 have been compiled and have broken all passenger traffic records. 

A total of 1,181,261 passengers passed through Newcastle Airport during the 2010 calendar year; an increase of 4% or 45,700 compared with 2009.

Following a sluggish start during the first six months of the year, the second half of the year (July through December) was very successful with a total passenger number increase of 10% or 57,000 passengers when compared with the same period last year.

Newcastle Airport’s CEO Paul Hughes said that the final passenger number was very satisfying, particularly given the sluggish start to the year.
“Following slow activity in the January to June period, this final annual passenger number record has exceeded our original expectations; which is incredibly pleasing.” 

The additional throughput was aided by the introduction of an extra daily service to the Gold Coast in July and to Melbourne in December.

In addition to this, major events such as the RAAF Air Show and commencement of P&O Cruises from Newcastle have contributed to the increase in air travel. 

“Looking forward into 2011, we are hopeful of a strong start to the year despite the flooding in south-east Queensland and we will continue to encourage the airlines to introduce new and additional services,” concluded Paul.

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