Routes Reconnected: Melbourne – India demand up 15% annually in past five years
During coronavirus, Melbourne Airport saw international airlines use the airport more than any other in Australia to fly citizens back to their respective countries.
India and Sri Lanka in particular added the most repatriation flights with Qantas, Air India, SriLankan, and Lion Air all flying residents home on an estimated 30 flights combined.
Qatar Airways, Etihad, and Emirates also continue to heavily support Melbourne with services and repatriation flights.
Over the last five years, Victoria’s India market grew by 15.2% per annum, making the state the fastest-growing home state for Indian arrivals within Australia (except for Tasmania as it has a much smaller base).
More than 610,000 flew between India and Melbourne last year, with over 90% flying indirectly, booking data indicates. Singapore Airlines was the top carrier.
Melbourne – Vietnam demand has grown strongly too
The Victoria-Vietnam market also grew strongly, up by 9.8% annually. Melbourne – Hanoi is the largest unserved market from Australia to Vietnam and the largest unserved market – globally – from the Vietnamese capital.
Both Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways introduced close to 10 repatriation flights out from the airport. Bamboo Airways has also committed to launching regular service once the international border reopens.
Shane O’Hare, Melbourne’s Chief of Aviation, told us: “Bamboo Airways introducing a new service at the airport demonstrated the strong partnership between the Victorian capital and the airline.”
“We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the airline and enhancing our non-stop service to Vietnam on Boeing 787-9s in 2021, including to Hanoi for the first time, which opens up critical trade, leisure, and business opportunities for Victoria.”