Sydney Airport Handles 3.25m Passenger in August 2023

Sydney Airport Handles 3.25m Passenger in August 2023
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Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport have announced that for the month of August, they handled 3.25m passengers.

As we will explore further, the airport has cited that “this is the second month in a row that the international passenger recovery has been stronger than the domestic.”

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Sydney Airport Handles 3.25m Passenger in August 2023…

Sydney Airport Handles 3.25m Passenger in August 2023
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Of the 3.25m passengers handled by Sydney Airport in August 2023, the breakdown is as follows:

  • 2.02m = Domestic.
  • 1.23m = International.

On the international front, this represents a 89.7% recovery rate compared to the same period in 2019, with the domestic side being 88%.

The year-to-date performance from Sydney Airport is currently at 24.8m passengers handled, which is 48.6% higher than 2022, but 14.8% less than the same period in 2019.

Below are the top 10 nationalities of passengers flying through the airport:

Sydney Airport Handles 3.25m Passenger in August 2023
Source: Sydney Airport.

Vietnam Is The Fastest Growing Market For The Airport…

Sydney Airport Handles 3.25m Passenger in August 2023
Photo Credit: Jamie Clarke/AviationSource


Commenting on the results was Geoff Culbert, the CEO of Sydney Airport:

“Recent boosts to capacity from some of our international airlines has led to a surge in overseas visitors, especially from countries like South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam, where the numbers are now higher than in 2019.”

“The Vietnamese market perfectly illustrates how strong competition and increasing capacity leads to greater demand.”

“Leading up to the pandemic, Vietnam was our fastest growing market with two carriers offering direct flights.”

“This growth has accelerated with newcomers, Vietjet and Bamboo Airways, also operating services between Sydney Airport and Ho Chi Minh City.”

“We now have four airlines offering more than 5,000 seats a week to Vietnam and this increase in capacity has boosted tourism for both countries.”

“In August, the number of Vietnamese passport holders flying through Sydney Airport was 29 per cent higher than before the pandemic, which is a terrific result.”

“The domestic recovery continues to underwhelm, with the August result 12 per cent below 2019.”

As Culbert has mentioned about Vietnam, there are 17 weekly flights operating to the country, which are as follows:

Direct flights to Ho Chi Minh City

  • Vietnam Airlines – 7 returns per week
  • Vietjet – 4 returns per week
  • Jetstar – 3 returns per week
  • Bamboo Airways – 2 returns per week

Direct flights to Hanoi

  • Vietnam Airlines – 2 returns per week

Looking ahead, all eyes are on the airport to see how the rest of the financial year performs for them on the passenger front.

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