Google Mobility Index confirms that Cairns has been busy since Easter

The Google Mobility Index (which tracks Android phone users location data when opted-in) shows what much of the anecdotal evidence suggests; Cairns has been busy, especially since the start of the Easter holidays. While the national 7-day average sits 6.7% below its benchmark level from Jan 2020 and Queensland is down 1%, Cairns is now (as at 20th May) up 4.8%…a full 11.5 ppts better than the national average.

Passenger numbers at Cairns Airport support the strong story with the April data showing total passengers almost back to the levels of Feb 2020…although they remain 61.7% down for the full 12 month period to April and are still down 32.8% from April 2019. Nevertheless, the recovery is clearly underway and recent announcements of even more routes and more capacity on existing routes should see further improvements in the coming months.

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