Sydney Airport Traffic Performance October 2023

Monday 20 November 2023

A total of 3.48 million passengers passed through Sydney Airport in October 2023, representing an 87.6% recovery compared to pre-pandemic October 2019.

Sydney Airport’s T1 international terminal saw 1.30 million passengers pass through in October, a 90.3% recovery compared to October 2019.

Domestic passenger traffic was 86.0% recovered, with 2.19 million passengers coming through the T2 and T3 domestic terminals.


Overseas visitor recovery

The number of Australians heading overseas through Sydney Airport was 95% recovered in October, compared to pre-pandemic October 2019.

New Zealand passport holders were the most popular overseas visitors at the airport, but the recovery rate was down slightly in October, to 90%, compared to 99% in September, which included the school holiday period.

Strong seat capacity between Sydney and Seoul continues to bring in visitors, with the number of South Korean passport holders increasing 45% compared to October 2019. The number of South Korean visitors to Sydney Airport has been consistently higher than pre-pandemic levels since April this year.


Sydney Airport CEO, Geoff Culbert, said: “In the 12-months to October, almost 14 million passengers have passed through our international terminal, more than double the number we saw in the previous 12 months.”

“We continue to see markets roaring back to life. In the run up to Christmas there is extra capacity coming on across several key overseas destinations including China, Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam. This is great for passengers who will have more choice this Christmas than any holiday period since 2019.”



  1. Due to data availability, all international passenger numbers (including PCP, prior corresponding period comparisons) are based on Confirmed Airline Passenger (CAP) data. As per previous information releases, these figures may contain estimates with any adjustments to preliminary statistics included in the year-to-date results in future months

  2. Includes Domestic-on-Carriage

  3. All data is for arriving and departing international passengers. All data is taken from management accounts, is provisional and subject to revision. All data has been rounded to the nearest thousand and in some instances the total may not be equal to the sum of the parts. Percentage changes have been calculated based on actual figures