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 March 2015.

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, Virgin Australia Regional 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 Qantas
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 March 2015[2]
Rank Airport State Total
Mar 2014
Total
Mar 2015
Monthly
Change %
1. Sydney Airport New South Wales New South Wales 2,154,200 2,209,600 Increase2.6
2. Melbourne Airport Victoria (Australia) Victoria 1,974,700 2,055,400 Increase4.1
3. Brisbane Airport Queensland Queensland 1,402,700 1,390,600 Decrease0.9
4. Perth Airport Western Australia Western Australia 731,600 713,200 Decrease2.5
5. Adelaide Airport South Australia South Australia 581,300 585,100 Increase0.7
6. Gold Coast Airport Queensland Queensland 398,100 400,000 Increase0.5
7. Cairns Airport Queensland Queensland 278,000 284,900 Increase2.5
8. Canberra Airport Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory 250,400 252,000 Increase0.7
9. Hobart Airport Tasmania Tasmania 192,300 199,200 Increase3.6
10. Darwin Airport Northern Territory Northern Territory 128,300 125,800 Decrease1.9

Yearly[edit]

Busiest Airports by Domestic Passenger Numbers
FY 2013-2014[3]
Rank Airport State FY 2012-13 FY 2013-14 Change %
1 Sydney Airport New South Wales New South Wales 25,288,100 25,590,500 Increase1.2 2 Melbourne Airport Victoria (Australia) Victoria 22,711,500 23,322,200 Increase2.7
3 Brisbane Airport Queensland Queensland 16,790,100 17,144,400 Increase2.1
4 Perth Airport Western Australia Western Australia 9,090,800 8,880,700 Decrease2.3
5 Adelaide Airport South Australia South Australia 6,495,000 6,671,900 Increase2.7
6 Gold Coast Airport Queensland Queensland 4,956,000 4,937,300 Decrease0.4
7 Cairns Airport Queensland Queensland 3,702,000 3,878,700 Increase4.8
8 Canberra Airport Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory 3,015,500 2,858,200 Decrease5.2
9 Hobart Airport Tasmania Tasmania 2,026,600 2,106,600 Increase4.0
10 Darwin Airport Northern Territory Northern Territory 1,808,700 1,791,200 Decrease1.0

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