Key Passenger Statistics
Mount Isa Airport is the gateway to the Outback and the North-West mineral province. In the 2009/2010 financial year the airport experienced a 1.2% growth welcoming 184,860 passengers. The Airport continues to see growth and has rebounded from the global financial crisis as we see a return to profit in the resource sector. The future of the Airport’s success is underpinned by some of the world’s largest mineral deposits.
Source: Mount Isa Airport Passenger Statistics
A majority of Mount Isa passengers are visitors to the region making up 65% of total passengers. This is due to the large fly in fly out mining market.
Source: Mount Isa Airport Passenger Survey
Reason for Travel
Mount Isa’s passenger mix is predominately business driven (48% of passengers) underpinned by the mining sector and accompanying services. In contrast, locals’ use of the airport is weighted towards visiting friends and relatives (VFR) market. There is a high frequency of travel amongst inbound visitors due to the remoteness of the area. However, local market use is limited to a couple of trips a year to see friends and family or vacation. The large portion of ‘other’ is travel for medical reasons, another common trend for regional ports.