Melbourne Airport hits passenger record

Melbourne Airport recorded its busiest month in July, with nearly 3.3 million travellers passing through its terminals.

The figure represents a 3.3 per cent jump compared to the same time last year, and beat the airport’s previous passenger record of 3.2 million last December.

The data, released on Monday, also showed the airport broke its “busiest day” mark for international arrivals when 20,193 people touched down on July 15.

“Victorian travellers have always loved to escape the winter chill by flying overseas or venturing to warmer destinations on the domestic network during July, however we have never experienced such a whirlwind four-week period,” Melbourne Airport chief executive Lyell Strambi said in a statement.

“Other factors contributing to such high passenger volumes include school holidays in Europe and the USA, Victoria’s snow season and significant international business events held in Victoria.”

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