International growth outstrips domestic air travel growth in Australia; Icelandic volcanic ash cloud impacts April figures
Since January, Australia’s domestic air travel market has reported solid growth of around 6%, although it is worth noting that during the same period in 2009, traffic was down slightly as a result of the global economy. Overall, traffic levels are well above those of 2008. Since last September, international passenger numbers have been reporting year-on-year growth of over 9% except for April and May. This corresponds with the periods when Europe was struggling to cope with the fallout from the Icelandic volcanic ash. While Iceland is a very, very long way from Australia, Europe is a key international market and so some impact is likely to have been felt, even on the other side of the globe.