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Traffic up 1.7% at Brisbane Airport in first three months of 2014

Passenger numbers at Brisbane Airport (BNE) continued to increase with more than 16.4 million travelling through in the first quarter of 2014.

This represents a year-on-year growth rate of 1.7%, or more than 277,000 than the same period in 2013.

In January and February, BNE says it performed well relative to last year, due to strong capacity growth and a rebound in Australian resident departures.

In March, there was a slight decline in international traffic for the first time of 1.1%, which BNE put down to different Easter and school holiday timing.

A new daily passenger record was also set on January 5 with 18,201 arrivals and departures, beating the previous record in 2011.

Domestic passenger volumes were stable year-on-year in January and February, but in March BNE achieved a year-on-year increase of 1.1%, up more than 15,000 passengers to tally to more than 12.8 million passengers’ year to date.

BNE says it expects April growth to be particularly positive due to the Easter and school holidays, leading to a strong end-of-year result.

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