Ballina Airport touches down with passenger record
The Ballina Byron Gateway Airport has just experienced the busiest October in history with more than 44,000 passengers flying into and out of the North Coast.
The October total of 44,076 passengers was the second highest month on record, finishing just behind the January 2015 total of 45,437.
The record month comes in addition to a record 113,515 passengers in the first three months of the financial year, an 8.2% increase on the previous year and the highest September quarter documented.
The Commonwealth Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) data for September has also highlighted the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport as among the fastest growing airports in Australia.
The airport experienced an 8.7% jump in total passenger numbers (in the months to 30 September) to record 445,400 passengers for the 12-month period. This figure eclipses the previous year total at 30 September 2014 of 409,700.
This increase in traffic numbers has promoted the local airport to number 13 on the list of Top 50 regional airports in Australia (based on annual passenger movements) and number 12 (based on monthly passenger movements): see attached details.