Mar 15, 2012

Record year for Australian Aviation

Australian aviation has seen solid growth for the ninth year in a row with domestic and international flights continuing to increase carrying record numbers of passengers in 2010-2011.

The number of people flying internationally to and from Australia continued to grow (27.6 million, up 7 percent) along with people flying domestically (54 million, up six percent).

The latest Avline report for 2010-2011 shows Sydney continues to be Australia’s busiest airport with nearly 36 million passenger movements (up 4.4 per cent) while Perth is the fastest growing of the major airports with 11 million passenger movements (up 9 percent).

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 of the world.

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

Among the other key findings of Avline 2010-2011 report are:

  • On average, 80 per cent of domestic flights left ‘on time’ in 2010-11 (down from 85 percent in 2009-10) and 79 per cent arrived ‘on time’ (down from 84 per cent in  in 2009-10).
  • Flight cancellation increased from one per cent in 2009-10 to 1.6 per cent in 2010-11.

Avline 2010-11 is available at

Avline is a publication by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). Avline provides a summary of Aviation related data drawing on a range of sources including BITRE, ABS, Airservices and the US Energy Information Administration.