A record 43.3 million passengers went through Sydney Airport in 2017

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Sydney Airport had a record 43.3 million passengers go through its three terminals in 2017, an increase of 3.6%.

International passenger numbers grew by more than one million, or 7.2%, to 14.9 million.

“Our strong growth has been underpinned by capacity development predominantly on the Middle Eastern, Asian and US routes,” says Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert.

“Sydney’s fastest growing foreign nationalities again included Chinese, Indian, South Korean and American visitors.”

International passenger traffic in December increased 5.6% and domestic passengers were up 2.1%.

The latest traffic numbers:

Source: Sydney Airport

“Pleasingly, Malaysian Airlines, Tianjin Airlines and Hainan Airlines all announced capacity additions this month. Malaysian Airlines becomes the ninth carrier choosing to use the A380 to serve Sydney Airport, capping off a stellar year during which we were the world’s fastest growing A380 port,” says Culbert.

“Tianjin Airlines and Hainan Airlines both announced their services would commence year-round. Sydney Airport now serves 17 mainland Chinese cities which represent almost 90% of all travel on the China-Sydney route.”

The nationalities coming through Sydney airport:

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