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Australia’s international aviation capacity needs to grow by 40-50 per cent to support the Tourism 2020 strategy.

Air access is one of the critical elements in achieving the Australian tourism industry’s long term goal to grow overnight tourism expenditure to more than $115 billion annually by the end of the decade. Tourism Australia works closely with airlines, Australian airports, and State and Tourism Organisations (STOs) to market existing and new routes, helping to build demand and grow sustainable aviation capacity to Australia.

The interactive report below features statistics on international aviation capacity and flights per week to Australia. Simply use the dropdown filter to select flight origin to customise the report.

Growth in passenger numbers

Tourism Australia reported that over the last two decades, international aviation capacity to Australia has grown from 9.3 million inbound seats in 1995 to 26 million seats in 2017, which represents a 5 per cent average annual growth rate. This increase has been driven by increased capacity from New Zealand, Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia), China, the Middle East and the USA.

In terms of Australia's major airports, seat utilisation in 2016-17 was highest in Melbourne at 81.1 per cent (increase of 0.2 per cent year-on-year), followed by Sydney at 79.9 per cent (down slightly by 1.2 per cent), Adelaide at 79.6 per cent (down slightly by 2.2 per cent), Gold Coast at 78.5 per cent (an increase of 1.1 per cent), Brisbane at 77.9 per cent (down slightly by 0.8 per cent) and Perth at 77.1 per cent (up 0.6 per cent).