Australia air flights up and down26 September 2015 by News Desk
There has been a rise in international flights to Australia but a fall in the number of people using domestic flights.
Domestic air traffic in Australia has fallen by 1% over the past year while an increase in the number of international visitors using Australian airports has increased.
In 2014, almost 60 million passengers were carried on Australian domestic routes, a fall of 0.9% compared to 2013 but the number of flights (689,162) fell by 1.5%.
The Melbourne – Sydney route remains Australia’s busiest with 8.45 million passengers, a rise of 2.2%, followed by Brisbane to Sydney with 4.41 million passengers (-1%), and Brisbane to Melbourne with 3.32 million passengers, a rise of 1.3%.
Queensland has seen the largest fall in passenger numbers with four routes from Brisbane recording falls of over 14%. Western Australia has seen a fall in inter-state passenger numbers at airports across the state with Newman down 14.5%, Port Hedland down 7.2%, Karratha down 5.1% and Broome down 4.8%.
Passenger traffic on the Perth to Darwin route rose 4% while passenger numbers through Kalgoorlie increased by 2%, according to latest official figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.