Trend for arrivals into Cairns Airport remains strong

Data from Cairns Airport shows total passenger numbers dipped again slightly in June, although this is to be expected as May and June are seasonally weaker months for airport arrivals. The Conus derived Trend remains strong and is up 297% from a year earlier.

While international passengers have essentially disappeared from the data, domestic passenger numbers were up a staggering 719% from a pandemic-impacted June last year are now down just 31% for the past 12-month period. For the airport as a whole arrivals, including both domestic and international, over the past 12 months are down 40%.

Clearly the ongoing lock-down in Sydney is likely to take its toll on the July data, but that will be offset to some degree by the relative easing of restrictions elsewhere. The increase in flights from New Zealand (once bubble travel between NZ and QLD opens up again) will also see at least a limited number of international arrivals being added to the data.

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