Sep 14, 2012

Record number of Australians take to the skies

Record numbers of Australians are flying domestically according to new data produced by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).

Today I released Domestic airline activity 2011–2012, which shows that 55 million people flew domestically in the last financial year. Apart from the period immediately following the GFC, domestic passenger numbers have grown consistently since mid 2002.

Indeed, over the last 10 years, the number of Australians flying domestically has grown on average by 6.1 per cent every year.

Other highlights include:

  • The number of Australians travelling on regional routes continues to grow, with growth on these routes outstripping growth on capital city routes.
  • Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 24.20 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 21.42 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 16.44 million passenger movements.
  • Melbourne – Sydney remained Australia’s busiest route with 7.73 million passengers, followed by Brisbane – Sydney with 4.35 million passengers and then Brisbane – Melbourne with 3.15 million passengers.
  • The greatest percentage increase in passenger traffic, compared with the year ending June 2011, occurred on routes in and out of Perth. This reflects huge demand for air travel by fly in fly out workers.
  • Airlines are continuing to introduce additional seats in response to continued demand for air travel with the number of available seats rising to over 71 million, an increase of 0.7 per cent on the previous year.

Australia’s aviation industry supports 50,000 jobs, injects over $5 billion into our economy each year and keeps Australians connected to each other and the rest world.

Increases in travel from Australian airports and around the world show the strength of Australia’s economy and the Federal Labor Government will ensure the aviation industry continues to perform well and provide ongoing benefits.

A copy of the Domestic airline activity 2011–2012 publication can be downloaded here:


Chart of Domestic Passenger Traffic

Chart of Top Ten Airports, Passenger Movements