November is typically an unexceptional month falling between peak season and Christmas and it was mostly unexceptional again this year. Domestic was up 2.1% on the previous year while International was up 0.6%.
Commentary from Cairns Airport:
Interstate passenger growth of 0.5% was moderated by reductions on Adelaide, Darwin and Perth. Intra Queensland routes increased 6% due to strong Brisbane and regional growth, particularly on routes in support of mine operations and construction projects.
The Airport has previously commented on increased activity to Weipa. Some of this would fall in transits which are excluded in my numbers. Transits and transfers are lumped together both domestic and international. This was actually down -2% for the month and changes to the Cathay Pacific service may also be having some impact here.
Recent monthly numbers have been quite stable compared to the seasonally volatile first half. Chinese New Year moves a few weeks later into February in 2018 while Easter moves a few weeks earlier to the start of April.
Source: Cairns Airport