Simple Flying - Andrew Curran
After a disastrous lead up, it was relatively smooth sailing for Australia's airports and airlines on Monday, despite sky high passenger numbers.
According to The Australian newspaper, 90,000 passengers moved through Melbourne's domestic terminals on Easter Monday alone, while Sydney's two domestic terminals recorded 72,000 passengers. Australia's third-busiest airport, Brisbane, was eyeing 55,000 domestic passengers on Easter Monday, while airports in smaller capital cities also recorded record or near-record numbers.
Qantas Group airlines (Qantas, Jetstar, and QantasLink) were operating at 110% of their pre-COVID capacity over the weekend, and Virgin Australia said Monday was its busiest day since March 2020. The Australian reports that on Monday, Virgin Australia flew 30% more passengers than on any day over the last two years.