As we are now well aware, the $225-Million expansion of the Sunshine Coast airport will be underway as of June 2017 according to the proposed timeline by the Sunshine Coast Council and executed by the John Holland Group.
However, records are already being broken with a significant increase in passenger numbers in the past three months, by servicing 310,000 visitors out the Sunshine Coast Airport.
In the 3 months leading up to March 2018 it was documented that 310,000 people were flying in and out of the Coast Airport, which was a 15% rise in foot traffic compared against the same period back in 2017.
To add to this, passenger numbers and airline capacity records were exceeded every month throughout the summer season. With such strong numbers, it cements the Sunshine Coast Airport as one of the fastest growing airports in Australia.
According to Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Peter Pallot, they have now experienced 33 months of consecutive month-on-month and year-on-year passenger growth.
During December the airport achieved more than 100,000 passengers, with an all-time record being set in January 2018 of 120,075 visitors, which was a 16% increase on the year before.
It is well known that with the expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport acting as the gate keeper to Europe and South-East Asia, Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said that there was massive potential to grow visitor numbers from Asia Pacific markets to the region.
“The latest International Visitor Survey showed that we recorded our largest ever international arrivals figure, with the Sunshine Coast attracting over 300,000 international visitors in the 2017 year,” Mr Latchford said.
He also went on to say that the diversity of attractions here on the Coast from the natural beauty and environment from the stunning beaches and rich Hinterland through to the world class-restaurants and tourist attractions. There is certainly capacity to grow the market significantly higher and this will certainly come into play with the expansion of the airport.
Sunshine Coast Airport was named Asia-Pacific Small Airport of the Year in the CAPA Asia Pacific Aviation Awards for Excellence in November 2017.
Summer Quarter Statistics (Dec, Jan, Feb)
Seats: 387,168 (15% year on year growth)
Passenger numbers: 310,535 (15% year on year growth)
December 2017 Statistics
Seats: 139,310 (15% year on year growth)
Passenger numbers: 109,722 (13% year on year growth)
January 2018 Statistics
Seats: 145,364 (16% year on year growth)
Passenger numbers: 120,075 (16% year on year growth)
February 2018 Statistics
Seats: 102,494 (14% year on year growth)
Passenger numbers: 80,738 (16% year on year growth)