Annual passenger numbers for Dubbo City Regional Airport tops 186,000

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Regular passengers flying from Dubbo to Sydney in the past 12 months may have observed higher numbers of fellow passengers and the latest annual figures have confirmed predictions that 2013/2014 would be a near record year for Dubbo City Regional Airport.
Annual passenger numbers for 2013/2014 are the highest since 2007/2008 and are up 9.41 per cent on the previous year.
Dubbo Mayor Mathew Dickerson said this is a fantastic result and reflects the strong regional economy of Dubbo.
“A total of 186,203 people passed through the airport gates this year on a regular passenger flight,“ Councillor Dickerson said.
“This is the second highest number of passengers in a year falling just 6,922 travellers short of the record set in 2007/2008. Despite this, the year-on-year increase is quite staggering with 16,008 extra passengers recorded in 2013/2014 compared to 2012/2013.  
“It is very pleasing to see the rise in passenger numbers as it is one indicator of the health of the local economy and provides a platform for lobbying for additional services,” Councillor Dickerson said. 
“2013/2014 was also a record year for the Dubbo/Sydney route with 181,727 passengers, eclipsing the previous record of 179,711 in 2007/08. 
Qantaslink passenger numbers rose 14.5 per cent for the financial year with an extra 15,847 passengers while the number of Rex passengers increased by 1 per cent with an extra 161 passengers. Qantaslink also set a new 12 month record for an individual airline, carrying 125,084 passengers, eclipsing their previous record of 109,237 passengers set in 2012/2013. 
Councillor Dickerson said while passenger numbers are on the rise there is still capacity for more passengers.
“Currently there are 152 flights in and out of Dubbo each week – that’s 6,497 seats that can be filled each week,” he said.
“The airport expansion completed in the past 12 months including an extra 110 public car spaces, more secure undercover parking, the doubling in size of the departure lounge have all been designed to comfortably accommodate an increasing number of passengers.”