The Minister for the Department of Infrastucture and Transport, Mr Anthony Albanese, has praised the continued growth of international aviation with a new record set in the last financial year.



There was an increase in international air passengers travelling to and from Australia in 2010-11 with passenger numbers increasing by 7.5 per cent to reach a record 27 million. This is an outstanding result, with Australia again bucking the international trend which has seen many airlines forced to cut routes and shed jobs.

Seven different low cost carriers have seen a gradual growth over the years accounting for a combined 19 percent of international passenger traffic.

The top five airlines in the last year with the largest share in the market are:

  • Qantas Airways - 18.7%
  • Singapore Airlines - 9.1%
  • Air New Zealand - 8.3%
  • Jetstar - 8%
  • Emirates - 7.9%

Of the 36.92 million available seats operated to or from Australia in 2010-11, the regional breakdown included:

  • South East Asia - 40%
  • New Zealand - 21.2%
  • North East Asia - 17.4%
  • North America - 7.9%

New Zealand, Singapore, the USA, Hong Kong and Malaysia were the top five countries for passenger movements to and from Australia in 2010-11.

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