International passenger numbers at Melbourne Airport climbed once again setting new records during the holiday season. The Saturday before Christmas proved to be the busiest day in history for Terminal 2, with more than 40,000 international jetsetters travelling both ways, smashing the previous record of approximately 38,700 on the same day last year. Saturday 22 December was also the busiest day for T2 Departures with 21,432 people flying outbound ahead of Christmas. Around 1.05 million international travellers passed through Melbourne Airport overall, an increase of 3.4 per cent compared to December 2017.
Melbourne Airport’s partnership with Banksia Gardens Community Services has seen eight local primary school children receive scholarships to assist in their secondary school education. Four students from Gladstone Views Primary School and four from Holy Child Primary School were awarded with $500 scholarships at their grade six graduation ceremonies in late December. Melbourne Airport has partnered with Banksia Gardens since 2015 and over that time, more than 20 scholarships have been distributed to grade six students. Melbourne Airport has committed to expanding the scholarship program next year, with two additional local primary schools added to the recipient list.
During the past month travellers flying through Melbourne Airport had the chance to share in more than $100, 000 worth of gifts through the airport’s Light Up Christmas campaign. Some of the gifts that were up for grabs included: one million Velocity Frequent Flyer Points, two Singapore Airlines’ Premium Economy flights to Europe, two Jetstar flight to Bali or Phuket plus lounge passes, valet parking and retail offers. A brass quintet from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra kicked-off the Christmas festivities, performing traditional carols for international travellers in the airport’s T2 Luxury Precinct. Musicians from The Salvation Army also performed in Terminals 2 to 4 every day throughout December.