Sydney Airport Traffic Down 97% in May

June 18, 2020 Updated: June 18, 2020

Sydney Airport has reported a 97.4 percent slide in passenger traffic in May, following travel restrictions to check the spread of COVID-19.

Australia’s biggest airport had total passenger traffic of just 92,000 passengers during the month, compared to 3.5 million a year ago.

Of this, only 29,000 international passengers passed through its doors.

May’s decline follows a similar slide in passenger numbers in April. As a result, passenger numbers are down 49.4 percent so far in this financial year.

Australia first barred entry for foreign nationals travelling from mainland China on February 1 in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The incoming travel ban was gradually extended to several countries that became virus hotspots before borders were shut to all non-residents from March 21.