Cairns Airport Numbers RISE
THE number of scheduled domestic flights and seat capacity to and from Cairns airport are at record highs. Are you jetting off anywhere this weekend?
There are now 38,384 seats available each week on 235 flights operated by Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airways, according to Tourism Queensland figures for May.
Cairns Airport chief executive Kevin Brown said capacity was up 3 per cent on May 2011, or nearly 1200 passengers a week.
"Domestic capacity for Cairns for May 2012 is the highest on record. This is excellent news for the region’s tourism industry and will also include some response to growing demand from the resources sector," he said.
Cairns to Brisbane remains the most popular route with 14,296 seats on 89 flights a week provided by Virgin (39 flights, 5574 seats), Qantas (27, 4536) and Jetstar (23, 4186).
Sydney is next with 10,585 on 47 flights by Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin.
Melbourne is third with 6503 seats on 36 flights by the four airlines.