The South East Queensland Aviation Blog has reported that in the year from February 2011 to January 2012, Brisbane Airport reached 200,308 movements for the 12 months. Moreover, The first month of this year handled a 8.3% increase over the same month last year.
In terms of passengers, there was a 10.9 per cent rise in January passenger numbers to hit 1.75 million, and domestic passenger growth reached double digits for the first time since February 2008, with a 12.1 per cent rise on last year.
Some of the big jump in Brisbane's figures has been attributable to the impact last year of the Queensland floods, but the strong growth in regional Queensland flying, including the introduction of Virgin Australia's ATR 72-500 propjet services to Gladstone and Emerald, has also played a role.
In addition to Virgin's new services, QantasLink has added a further 50,000 seats compared with January 2011, which also saw strong capacity growth on the resource-related ports in Central Queensland, including Rockhampton, Moranbah, Gladstone, Townsville, Mackay, Emerald, and Roma.
The record growth is expected to continue this year with QantasLink launching Boeing B717-200 jet services throughout Central Queensland on Thursday 15 March, while with the introduction of another ATR 72-500 into their fleet, Virgin are also expected to launch additional services to Emerald from April. Virgin also recently launched additional jet services to Rockhampton and Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast.