April 13, 2022

Launceston Airport forecasting 85% of pre-COVID travellers over Easter period

The Easter holidays will be one of the busiest travel periods for Launceston Airport in the past two years, with passenger numbers expected to hit 85 per cent of pre-COVID travel levels.

Launceston Airport CEO Shane O’Hare said that more than 56,000 passengers are expected to pass through the airport over the Tasmanian school holidays.

“We’re really proud of the role we play as the access point to tourism and business in Northern Tasmania, and it’s fantastic to see people taking advantage of the holiday period to travel to and around Tasmania,” he said.

“While we’re not quite back to pre-COVID levels just yet, it’s encouraging to see that people are becoming more confident to travel, and the pent-up demand for travel is also translating into high numbers of bookings.

“April is typically one of our busiest months for travel, and we're anticipating up to 5,000 people on some days over the Easter weekend, compared to the average of 3,000 people a day over the past few months.

“The majority of people passing through the airport are arrivals, which shows that more and more people are discovering what we’ve already known for a long time: that Tassie is one of the best states to visit.

“For people departing through Launceston Airport, what this does mean is that the airport will be busier than usual, so we encourage people to plan ahead when travelling to Launceston Airport.

“Arrive 90 mins before your flight departure to allow for time to check in and go through security. Take into account the roadworks that are currently underway near the airport when planning your travel here.

“Getting here with time to spare means you can then simply relax and enjoy the great cafés and bars we have at the airport.

“As a reminder, passengers still need to wear a mask inside the airport and on the plane.

“Our priority is that all travellers arriving and departing Launceston Airport have a great experience to start or end their trip – and we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday period.”

Travellers flying on the afternoon of Good Friday will be treated to special Easter surprises, as well as live music.

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For further information contact: Launceston Airport Media on (03) 9335 3666