Australia prepares for Easter travel boom

AUSTRALIAN airlines are preparing for what is expected to be the busiest Easter period since the pandemic, with Qantas Group alone anticipating 620,000 customers to fly across its network over the next five days.

Volumes hit a high on Thursday leading up to the long weekend, with more than 120,000 travellers using nearly 1,200 services, while numbers will peak again on Easter Monday as holidaymakers return home.

A whopping 2.4 million passengers are expected to pass through the gates at Sydney Airport, including 1.5 million domestic passengers and 850,000 international passengers.

Similarly, Melbourne Airport is bracing for 2.1 million passengers – 30% more than last year and almost as high as 2019 levels – and has put in place additional security staff, strategic aircraft bay allocation to spread passenger loads, extra customer service teams across its car parks, and corporate staff assisting in terminals to manage the travel boom.

Brisbane is predicting a post-pandemic record of 69,000 travellers on Thursday, with numbers creeping up to the overall record, which stands at 83,867 set in December 2017.

Air New Zealand is also expecting a bustling Easter period, with 210,000 customers booked across five days, up 68% on last year.

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