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Gold Coast Airport records busiest day in history

January 18, 2018

Gold Coast Airport has recorded its busiest day in history, welcoming 24,076 passengers on Saturday 23 December 2017.

Previously Gold Coast Airport’s busiest day was Sunday 3 January 2016, when 23,856 passengers passed through the Coolangatta facility.

A record was also set for the calendar year when 6,542,604 passengers arrived or departed from Gold Coast Airport – 120,602 more than in 2016.

A summary of results is provided in the table below:

Gold Coast Airport CEO Chris Mills said it was great to end the year on a high. “With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, December was a great month to show that we are ready,” said Mr Mills.

“Throughout the month, we saw strong domestic passenger movements, particularly from Sydney, reinforcing the Gold Coast’s ongoing popularity as a holiday destination among interstate visitors.

“We also welcomed our first month of direct Hobart services with Tigerair, which contributed to the great results.

“We saw international long-haul passenger movements grow by 8.6 per cent in December, with capacity added on Japan and Hong Kong services to cope with demand.

“We look forward to continuing this upward trend and key to this is increasing the airport’s capability to facilitate long-term passenger growth.

“Currently, we are expanding the RPT apron to allow for more capacity and flexibility for different aircraft types in the future.

“With less than 80 days to go until the Commonwealth Games, we are finalising preparations to provide a warm welcome not only to the Games Family, but to everyone who passes through the terminal during that time.

“We expect passenger movements over the Games period to be comparable to our usual summer peaks over Christmas and New Year.

“The Games Family will also have a dedicated lounge space which will allow them to relax in a private area, away from the usual activity in the terminal.”

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