Top Ten Busiest Airline Routes Into Australia

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Last week the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development released a set of statistics about Australian aviation in June 2019. Oz Traveller has already talked about the worst performing airlines in terms of passengers loads. In this post, we’ll talk about the top ten busiest airline routes in and out of Australia for the year ending 30 June 2019.

The 10th busiest route was between Perth and Denpasar. All up 880,595 passengers flew that route in the year ending 30 June 2019. After passenger numbers fell slightly in the year ending 30 June 2018, they bounced back last year and the route has recorded a 1.8% growth in passenger numbers over the last two years. Several carriers fly this route including Air Asia Indonesia, Malindo Air, Jetstar, and Garuda. Citilink was poised to start flights in October but as noted in Oz Traveller yesterday,  postponed their Perth flights to a date yet to be decided.

The 9th busiest route was between Brisbane and Singapore. Passenger numbers on this route have increased by 7.9% in the last two years, from 798,510 to 902,595 for the year ending 30 June 2019. Singapore Airlines, Qantas, and Emirates all have multiple services on this route. Interestingly, the low cost carriers avoid the route. Scoot prefers to fly into the Gold Coast.

The 8th busiest route was between Sydney and Los Angeles. The demand for flights between Australia and the USA seems insatiable. In the year ending 30 June 2019, 903,744 passengers flew the route, up 4% over two years. There’s plenty of one stop options but Qantas, United, Virgin Australia, American, and Delta all provide plenty of nonstop seats.

The 7th busiest route was between Auckland and Brisbane. Interestingly, this route recorded a slight decrease (1.4%) in passenger numbers over the last two years. 951,788 passengers flew the route in the year to 30 June 2019. In the year to 30 June 2017, 964,570 passengers made the flight between Auckland and Brisbane. Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand all fly the route. In addition there a super interesting fifth freedom flight operating between Auckland and Brisbane. Air China flies an A350-900 on the route most days.

The 6th busiest route was between Perth and Singapore. This route has also recorded a decline in passenger numbers over the last two years. In the year ending 30 June 2017, 1,144,221 passengers flew the route. In the year ending 30 June, 2019, 1,106,883 passengers flew the route. That’ s a 2.3% reduction in passenger numbers. Scoot and Qantas have a presence on the route but it is dominated by Singapore Airlines which offers up to four return services a day.

The 5th busiest route was between Sydney and Hong Kong. Given the problems in Hong Kong at the moment, it will be interesting to see if the passenger numbers shift much in the year ending 30 June 2020. But in the meantime, 1,231,958 passengers flew the route in the year ending 30 June 2019. The number represents a 14.4% increase over two years. The big players on the route are Qantas and Cathay Pacific. Virgin Australia also sends a daily A330 up to Hong Kong but it is struggling with poor loads and their is a strong possibility the Virgin Australia Hong Kong service is going to be axed shortly.

The 4th busiest route is between Melbourne and Auckland. Air New Zealand, Qantas, Virgin Australia, and Jetstar all offer services between the two cities. In the year ending 30 June 2019, 1,244,074 passengers flew the route. It is slightly fewer than flew the route in the year ending 30 June 2018 but up considerably on the 1,219,532 passengers who flew the route in the year ending 30 June 2017.

The 3rd busiest route was between Sydney and Singapore – no surprise considering how many airlines are on the route. In the year ending 30 June 2019, 1,510,858 passengers flew the route. Again, it’s less than flew in the year ending 30 June 2018 but a healthy jump on the 1,462,736 passengers who flew the route in the year ending 30 June 2017. Scoot, Qantas, British Airways, and Singapore Airlines all have a presence on the route

The second busiest route was between Sydney and Auckland. In the year ending 30th June 2019, 1,581,489 passengers flew the route. Numbers on the route dropped significantly in the year ending 30 June 2018, but the past 12 months have seen a rebound. Still, less passengers flew the route in the last 12 months than in the year ending 30 June 2017. Between them, Qantas, LATAM, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand offer over 20 direct flights each way every day.

And the busiest route in and out of Australia? It’s Melbourne to Singapore (or vice versa). That route carried 1,626,826 passengers in the year ending 30 June 2019. It’s a big increase on the 1,397,996 passengers who flew the route during the year ending 30 June 2017. You’ve got Scoot, Jetstar, Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Airlines offering in excess of a dozen flights a day each way.

During the week Oz Traveller will take another look at the June statistics. Maybe busiest airports or busiest airlines. Of course we know that will be Sydney and Qantas respectively. But it’s the movers in the middle of the pack that are most interesting.