Round numbers are always a PR favourite and Cairns Airport obliged with its commentary for January:
The average daily passenger numbers at Cairns were 1,000 higher than last January.
For the more statistically minded that was an increase of 7.8% (ex transits) on the previous year.
Source: Cairns Airport
The Asian Lunar New Year was celebrated on January 28th, but last year it fell on February 8th. In Korea, the Lunar New Year is celebrated as Seollal. The demand for Seollal travel helped successfully fill Jin Air’s charter flights.
Adjusted for comparable dates around the fall of Lunar New Year, there were 18% more passengers on the Korean charters than last year’s charters from mainland China. Travel industry feedback from Korea indicates that most Jin Air travellers had a 4 or 6 night holiday and they only visited Tropical North Queensland when in Australia.
The monthly trends around this time can always be volatile with shifts in the timing of the lunar new year so probably best to wait for February numbers. This year February will also have a day less after the leap year last year.
Further graphs and BITRE data have been updated at the Tourism\Cairns Airport page.