Total passenger traffic for December is estimated to have increased 3.5% on the pcp, with
domestic traffic estimated to be up 2.6% on the pcp and international traffic (excluding domestic
on-carriage) up 5.2% on the pcp.
For international traffic, the major nationality markets that grew during December included
Australia (+4.8%), Singapore (+24.6%), Malaysia (+11.8%), France (+11.4%), India (+10.8%),
China (+8.0%), UK (+7.4%), USA (+5.3%), Japan (+5.3%) and Korea (+4.9%). Indonesia (-4.4%)
and Canada (-4.4%) were the major nationality markets that declined.
On 4 December, Tigerair announced it would commence flying a new daily return service
between Sydney and Adelaide from 11 March 2014. In addition, Tigerair announced it will be
increasing services on the existing Brisbane-Sydney and Sydney-Melbourne routes.
On 19 December, the new Tigerair, Sydney-Perth route commenced, providing more than
112,000 additional seats annually through Sydney Airport. Tigerair will fly up to six times weekly.
This represents the airline’s fifth new route launched through Sydney in 2013.
On 20 December, Sichuan Airlines launched the new route from Chongqing, with a tag service to
Chengdu. This new service will provide more than 50,000 seats per year and enables
passengers to access western China directly from Sydney.
From May 2014 Fiji Airways will begin flying twice weekly direct between Sydney and Suva. The
new flight will be operated by a Boeing 737-700 aircraft on Mondays and Fridays, providing
additional capacity of nearly 13,000 seats annually.