Domestic travel on the rise according to annual figures

Media Release


14 September 2016

Australia's aviation industry continues to fly high with the latest domestic traffic results showing an increase in patronage to almost 61 million passengers for the year ending June 2016.

The annual domestic aviation figures issued by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics show an increase of 1.8 per cent compared with the year ending June 2015. This result comes as Qantas delivers its best yearly financial result in its long history.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the increase was encouraging and would help improve profitability for domestic carriers, including smaller regional airlines.

“The great thing about these results is the increase in revenue passenger kilometres, which has increased by 2.1 per cent compared to the previous year. This measure takes into account all passengers paying any fare,” Mr Chester said.

“Australia has a lot to offer, and if the travelling public are making the choice to visit our local tourist sites or take advantage of conferences here rather than overseas, our economy will be much stronger as a result.”

The Melbourne-Sydney route has retained its title as the nation's busiest corridor with 8.8 million passengers, an increase of 4 per cent compared with the year ending June 2015.

Mr Chester said the increase on this route was one of many highlights over the previous 12 months, with some regional airports also seeing significant increases.

“The Sydney to Sunshine Coast route was up 12.1 per cent, the Hamilton Island to Sydney route went up 11.7 per cent, while the Ayers Rock and Ballina Sydney routes went up 10.1 per cent and 9.6 per cent respectively,” he said.

“Regional airports saw a small reduction of 0.4 per cent over the previous year and this will require ongoing work to address.

“Just recently we announced the completion of a permanent fuel supply at Lethbridge Airport, a $450,000 project which will support the growing commercial and tourism market in regional Victoria.

“The Coalition will also deliver $1.2 million to help fund an upgrade of the Merimbula airport terminal and $2.5 million for an upgrade of the Moruya airport.

“The Australian Government remains committed to providing every opportunity for our aviation sector to grow, and that includes delivering the infrastructure and regulatory settings they need to thrive.”

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