Brisbane Airport forecasts arrivals lift over winter school holidays

Brisbane Airport forecasts arrivals lift over winter school holidays

An estimated 2.5 million people are set to pass through Brisbane Airport during the winter holiday period from14 June to 22 July, with domestic arrivals now just two percentage points shy of pre-COVID levels while international arrivals are up by almost a fifth year-on-year.

Tourism operators are expected to benefit from a 5 per cent rise to 1.9 million domestic passengers at the airport, and an 18 per cent jump in international passengers to 600,000 - figures that represent 98 per cent and 90 per cent of 2019 levels respectively.

"We know when Brisbane Airport is busy, Queensland's tourism industry is busy with travellers spreading out from the Gold Coast, north to the Great Barrier Reef and west to the delights of the Queensland outback in winter," says Brisbane Airport spokesperson Peter Doherty.

"These school holidays span a five-week period with varying start dates for Queensland, Victoria, and New South Wales. 

"This staggered schedule helps to evenly distribute the number of travellers, reducing peak times at terminals and offering a sustained boost to Queensland's tourism industry instead of a sudden influx."

A surge in capacity from Japan, China and New Zealand is set to spearhead the stronger international visitor numbers. 

Passengers on routes with Japan are set to be double pre-COVID levels, with 18  flights per week in each direction via Qantas and Jetstar, compared to three flights per week this time last year.

The difference with travel to and from China is more stark, as this time last year there were no direct flights between Brisbane and mainland China. This July, China Eastern and China Southern will both be operating daily services, with a total 14 departing flights per week in each direction. 

New Zealand, which figures show is consistently the leading international contributor of tourists to Queensland, now has 87 flights per week in each direction, versus 76 this time last year.

he trans-Tasman market is serviced by Qantas, Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and China Airlines. 

“The busiest day in the International Terminal these school holidays is forecast to be Sunday 7 July with 18,900 passengers marking the start of New Zealand school holidays and the end of Queensland school holidays with arriving flights expected to be very full," says Doherty.

“In the Domestic Terminal, the busiest day is forecast to be Friday 5 July with 57,500 passengers, thanks to the start of NSW school holidays, and Queenslanders returning home to go back to school, with arriving flights heavily booked.”  

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