Newcastle Airport has broken its highest-ever daily passenger record for the second consecutive year.
Friday 23 November 2018 saw more than 5,270 passengers travel through Newcastle Airport. The record-breaking single day result was achieved on the first day of the Coates Hire Newcastle 500, which draws thousands of visitors to the region annually.
Contributing to the year-on-year increase was 26 additional flights provided by Virgin Australia and a new domestic direct route servicing Adelaide.
22,202 travellers passed through the Airport over the five-day period including the inaugural international flights servicing Auckland.
Newcastle Airport CEO, Dr Peter Cock said Newcastle Airport is thrilled to bring more travellers than ever to the Hunter to support the success of major regional events.
“The Newcastle 500 showcases our world-class tourism destination and draws travellers from across Australia and the globe,” Peter said.
“With the establishment of two new routes this year, including our first international route in over a decade, we are delighted more and more visitors are choosing to visit and experience the region. More flights and increased visitation to our region brings untold benefits to the local economy.”
In August, Newcastle Airport reported its busiest financial year to date, with over 1.27 million travellers passing through the terminal in FY17/18. More recently, in November the airport welcomed its 18 millionth passenger.
Peter said the region growth is helping shape Newcastle Airport and has thanked the community for its ongoing support.
“Newcastle and the entire greater Hunter region are making great strides across several industries, including tourism and defence. Newcastle Airport is very proud to play a part in this growth by opening new doors for direct travel and, with the announcement of a world-leading aerospace commercial Astra Aerolab, industry innovation,” Peter said.
“How we build on the support we receive and maintain momentum will be important in how we deliver on the promise of being the airport of the region deserves. I believe that by continuing to listen and collaborate with our community, the greater Hunter as a whole will prosper.”
IMAGE | Bottlo Racing Team and Autobarn Lowndes Racing Team at Newcastle Airport.
Newcastle Airport is a significant gateway into NSW and the Hunter. As a major transport hub it is critical to economic and social infrastructure and its planned and managed growth has helped underpin the continued prosperity of the Hunter.