Pre-pandemic levels return to Cairns airport

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Cairns Airport’s chief executive officer Garry Porter said that domestic travel into cairns had reached pre-pandemic levels as an increased number of Australians were holidaying at home during the Easter weekend.

“Fifty-two thousand passengers passed through the airport exceeding the same period of 2018 and matching 2019,” he said.

However, it will still be some time before operations returns to normal.

“We do not envisage returning to pre-pandemic levels across the board for at least 12 to 24 months as international visitors are expected to return slowly and they also make up over 20 per cent of our domestic market,” Mr Porter said.

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from cairns post 21.4.22

PRE-PANDEMIC levels of business have returned to the Far North as Cairns Airport records the busiest period in years.

Cairns Airport’s chief executive officer Garry Porter said domestic travel increased as a number of Australians were holidaying at home during the Easter weekend.

“Fifty-two thousand passengers passed through the airport exceeding the same period of 2018 and matching 2019,” he said.

“To put things into perspective in 2020 we had just 533 passengers use the airport during the whole of the Easter week.”

Cairns Airport’s chief executive officer Garry Porter said they saw Australian’s holidaying at home as domestic travel skyrocketed. Picture: Brendan Radke

Cairns Airport’s chief executive officer Garry Porter said they saw Australian’s holidaying at home as domestic travel skyrocketed. Picture: Brendan Radke

Mr Porter said the number of daily passengers had remained strong and on par with pre-pandemic levels that was held up by school holidays, Easter and long weekends.

However, it will still be some time before operations returns to normal.

“We do not envisage returning to pre-pandemic levels across the board for at least 12 to 24 months as international visitors are expected to return slowly and they also make up over 20 per cent of our domestic market,” Mr Porter said.

Preparing for the Anzac Day long weekend, Mr Porter said a stream of travellers would be passing through the airport once more.

Uber saw an 8 per cent increase from Good Friday rides to Cairns Airport in 2019 compared to 2022. Picture: Brendan Radke

Uber saw an 8 per cent increase from Good Friday rides to Cairns Airport in 2019 compared to 2022. Picture: Brendan Radke

“We expect to see strong numbers over the long weekend as NSW and VIC visitors return at the end of their school holidays,” he said.

Uber confirmed rides dropping off at Cairns Airport rose to eight per cent greater than rides on Good Friday in 2019.

Margarita Peker, head of rider operations at Uber, said the data proved that tourism was well and truly returning to Cairns.

“It’s incredible to see Cairns Airport, among others, roaring back to life over the Easter long weekend,” she said.

“We expect a busier-than-usual Anzac Day long weekend.”

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