Airport survey to aid business

SURVEY: The passenger survey will help businesses with their decision making.
SURVEY: The passenger survey will help businesses with their decision making.

A passenger survey run by the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council at the Port Lincoln Airport was completed on Tuesday.

Conducted over seven days, the survey aimed to identify the demographics of people travelling through the airport to help decision making by businesses such as tour operators and accommodation providers.

Previous surveys were conducted in 2011, 2010 and 2008.

Passengers were asked their age, their reasons for travelling, how they arrived at airport and how many times a year they flew from the airport.

The council’s chief executive officer Rod Pearson said the council received about 1200 responses and he expected results to be available on Friday, November 15.

Of the 1556 passengers surveyed in 2011, data revealed 56 per cent of travellers were Eyre Peninsula residents and 44 per cent were visitors to the region. 

The breakdown of the purpose of the trips in 2011 showed 40 per cent of people were travelling for business, 27 per cent for holidays or leisure, 20 per cent visiting friends and relatives, and 9 per cent travelling for medical purposes.

The council may budget for another survey in the 2018/19 financial year in July or August.