Passenger numbers at Sydney Airport have dropped slightly, despite a solid increase in international travellers.
The total number of travellers passing through the airport slid 0.1 per cent to 3.2 million in November, with a 1.7 per cent drop in domestic passengers offsetting a 3.7 per cent rise in international travellers.
Sydney Airport chief executive Kerrie Mather said there was strong growth in travel to and from Malaysia and New Zealand. There also was a rise in arrivals from India and departures to the USA, Philippines and Japan.
She said a new Sichuan Airlines Service from Chengdu and Chonqqing to Sydney would also add another 50,000 seats per year to the airport.
"This service consolidates Sydney Airport's position as Australia's gateway to China, with 94 weekly flights to eight major Chinese cities and greater China," she said.