Port Moresby service delivers for Townsville Airport

May 24, 2018

A dip in passenger numbers has been recorded at Townsville Airport in April following the cancellation of Bali services and a shift in the Easter holidays.

April marked the first full month without the international service and a two per cent drop in passenger numbers at Townsville Airport, which is owned by Queensland Airports Limited (QAL), was recorded compared to the previous year.

QAL CEO Chris Mills said there were positives out of the April result, despite the slight decline in passenger numbers, and in particular, the success of the Port Moresby service.

“We expected the dip in passenger numbers on the back of the Bali service stopping and the change in timing of when Easter fell this year,” he said.

“It is pleasing to have completed a full year of Port Moresby services, which delivered more than 17,800 seats in and out of the region during that time.”

Mr Mills said there was a strong focus on progressing with the Townsville Airport redevelopment, which would make the airport more modern, welcoming and user friendly.

“Based on our average passenger growth, there is a clear need for the redevelopment to move ahead and there is strong support from the community for this project,” he said.

“We have invested a quarter of the $80 million redevelopment to date, and completed airside and early terminal works this month.

“Our retail offering is expanding – just this month we opened a new bar/café in the terminal in partnership with Lagardère Travel Retail and the Townsville Brewery.”

QAL also owns and operates Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports.