List of the busiest air routes in Australia by passenger traffic

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This is a List of the busiest air routes in Australia by passenger traffic between Australia domestic airports.

Month Ending Statistics[edit]

The following statistics are for the (most recent) previous month. For example figures for Month Ending November 2008 are inclusive from 1 November 2008 to 30 November 2008.

The most recent month with released figures is June 2013.

Domestic routes are those flown strictly between one Australian airport and another.

Only routes that are competitive, meaning more than one domestic airline is active, are included in the list below; those airlines being Qantas, QantasLink, Virgin Australia, Jetstar Airways, Tigerair Australia, Skywest Airlines and Regional Express Airlines. Routes where only Qantas, Qantaslink or Jetstar Airways compete are not included. The following figures are calculated by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.

New South Wales[edit]

Sydney[edit]

Main article: Sydney Airport
# DecreaseIncrease To Country / City To Airport Passengers
Jun 2012
Passengers
Jun 2013
 % Change Airlines
1. Steady Victoria (Australia) Melbourne Melbourne Airport YMML 616,276 631,460 2.5Increase Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia
2. Steady Queensland Brisbane Brisbane Airport YBBN 340,677 356,660 4.7Increase Jetstar, Tigerair, Virgin Australia
3. Steady Queensland Gold Coast Gold Coast Airport YBCG 168,493 184,414 9.4Increase Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia
4. Steady Western Australia Perth Perth Airport YPPH 137,397 131,400 4.4Decrease Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia
5. Steady South Australia Adelaide Adelaide Airport YPAD 130,120 127,977 1.6Decrease Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia
6. Steady Australian Capital Territory Canberra Canberra International Airport YSCB 91,764 90,594 1.3Decrease Qantas, QantasLink, Virgin Australia
7. Steady Queensland Cairns Cairns International Airport YBCS 77,088 83,137 7.8Increase Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia
8. Steady Northern Territory Darwin Darwin International Airport YPDN 37,219 36,224 2.7Decrease Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia
9. Steady Queensland Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast Airport YBSU 33,819 34,016 0.6Increase Jetstar, Virgin Australia
10. Steady Tasmania Hobart Hobart International Airport YMHB 31,323 33,133 5.8Increase Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia
Total Competitive Domestic Passengers 311,490 320,152 2.8Increase [1]

Queensland[edit]

Gold Coast[edit]

Main article: Gold Coast Airport
# DecreaseIncrease To Country / City To Airport Passengers
Jun 2012
Passengers
Jun 2013
 % Change Airlines
1. Steady New South Wales Sydney Sydney Airport YSSY 168,493 184,414 9.4Increase Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, Virgin Australia
2. Steady Victoria (Australia) Melbourne Melbourne Airport YMML 129,599 120,661 6.9Decrease Jetstar, Tigerair, Virgin Australia
3. Steady South Australia Adelaide Adelaide Airport YPAD 13,398 15,077 12.5Increase Jetstar, Virgin Australia
Total Competitive Domestic Passengers 311,490 320,152 2.8Increase [1]

South Australia[edit]

Adelaide[edit]

Main article: Adelaide Airport
# DecreaseIncrease To Country / City To Airport Passengers
Jun 2012
Passengers
Jun 2013
 % Change Airlines
1. Steady Victoria (Australia) Melbourne Melbourne Airport YMML 164,629 166,740 1.3Increase Jetstar, Qantas, QantasLink, Tigerair, Virgin Australia
2. Steady New South Wales Sydney Sydney Airport YSSY 130,120 127,977 1.6Decrease Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia
3. Steady Queensland Brisbane Brisbane Airport YBBN 54,463 56,800 4.3Increase Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia
4. Steady Western Australia Perth Perth Airport YPPH 46,730 44,601 4.6Decrease Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia
5. Increase2 Queensland Gold Coast Gold Coast Airport YBCG 13,398 15,077 12.5Increase Jetstar, Virgin Australia
6. Steady Australian Capital Territory Canberra Canberra International Airport YSCB 13,539 14,599 7.8Increase Qantas, QantasLink, Virgin Australia
7. Decrease2 South Australia Port Lincoln Port Lincoln Airport YPLC 14,866 14,077 5.3Decrease QantasLink, Regional Express
Total Competitive Domestic Passengers 437,745 439,871 0.5Increase [1]

Airports[edit]

Domestic Airport passenger numbers are calculated by the Department of Infrastructure and Transport and include passenger numbers from the major domestic airlines only; these being Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar Airways and Tiger Airways Australia. Regional Express, QantasLink and similar airlines are considered to be regional airlines and are not included in these figures.

Monthly[edit]

Busiest Airports by Domestic Passenger Numbers
Month of August 2012[2]
Rank Airport State Total
Aug 2011
Total
Aug 2012
Monthly
Change %
Total YTD
1. Sydney Airport New South Wales New South Wales 1,899,623 1,953,236 Increase2,8 12,732,824
2. Melbourne Airport Victoria (Australia) Victoria 1,755,463 1,848,320 Increase5.2 12,066,270
3. Brisbane Airport Queensland Queensland 1,290,243 1,342,705 Increase4.0 8,497,023
4. Perth Airport Western Australia Western Australia 662,154 741,487 Increase11.9 4,746,288
5. Adelaide Airport South Australia South Australia 506,200 500,431 Decrease1.1 3,347,782
6. Gold Coast Airport Queensland Queensland 390,216 408,953 Increase4.8 2,671,381
7. Cairns Airport Queensland Queensland 305,050 320,928 Increase5.2 1,756,920
8. Canberra Airport Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory 236,402 220,176 Decrease6.8 1,473,626
9. Hobart Airport Tasmania Tasmania 135,604 140,625 Increase3.7 1,072,734
10. Darwin Airport Northern Territory Northern Territory 169,869 154,771 Decrease8.8 840,133
  • YTD = Year to date, from 1 January 2012 to 31 August 2012

Yearly[edit]

Busiest Airports by Domestic Passenger Numbers
FY 2007-2008[3]
Rank Airport State FY 2006-07 FY 2007-08 Change %
1 Sydney Airport New South Wales New South Wales 18,909,029 20,053,352 Increase5.4
2 Melbourne Airport Victoria (Australia) Victoria 17,066,071 18,579,392 Increase8.8
3 Brisbane Airport Queensland Queensland 12,562,818 13,360,005 Increase6.3
4 Perth Airport Western Australia Western Australia 5,350,950 5,975,111 Increase11.6
5 Adelaide Airport South Australia South Australia 5,273,655 5,633,496 Increase6.8
6 Gold Coast Airport Queensland Queensland 3,585,036 4,062,263 Increase13.3
7 Cairns Airport Queensland Queensland 2,738,282 2,772,098 Increase1.2
8 Canberra Airport Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory 2,051,127 2,260,605 Increase10.2
9 Hobart Airport Tasmania Tasmania 1,628,305 1,756,781 Increase7.8
10 Darwin Airport Northern Territory Northern Territory 1,171,850 1,285,135 Increase9.6
11 Townsville Airport Queensland Queensland 1,054,760 1,130,432 Increase7.1
12 Launceston Airport Tasmania Tasmania 937,440 1,039,588 Increase10.8

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