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Aviation is a strategic priority for Tourism Australia in achieving the industry's Tourism 2020 targets. Australia's international aviation capacity needs to grow by 40-50 per cent to support the Tourism 2020 strategy's goal of growing overnight visitor expenditure to more than A$115 billion annually by the end of the decade.

International aviation capacity to Australia

The last 20 years

During the past 20 years international aviation capacity to Australia has grown from 9.3 million inbound seats in 1995 to 24.6 million seats in 2016, representing an average annual growth rate of 4.8 per cent. Growth has been driven by increased capacity from New Zealand, Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia), China (including Hong Kong), the Middle East and the USA. See chart below for trend and change in aviation capacity over the last five years.

Tourism Australia will focus on continuing to strengthen partnerships with more than 20 airlines to grow existing services and new routes. 


Route Development

Upcoming new routes

*New services are based on indicative dates announced by airline and media sources. Details are subject to change.

Route Airline Aircraft Weekly frequency Effective operation dates
Tiajin - Sydney Tianjin Airlines A330-200 2x Jan-18
Haikou - Sydney Hainan Airlines A330-300 2x Jan-18 to Mar-18
Jakarta - Sydney Singapore Airlines B777-200 3x Deferred
North America        
Houston - Sydney United Airlines B787-900 7x Jan-18
San Francisco - Melbourne Qantas B787-900 TBA Late 2018
Middle East        
Doha - Canberra Qartar Airways B777-300 7x Feb-18
Doha - Perth Qartar Airways
A380-800 7x May-18
United Kingdom        
London-Perth Qantas B787-900 7x Mar-18

Recent new routes

Route Airline Aircraft Weekly frequency Effective operation dates
Qingdao - Sydney Bejing Capital Airlines A330-200 2x Jul-17
Shenzhen - Brisbane Hainan Airlines A330-200 2x Sep-17
Chongqing - Melbourne  Tianjin Airlines A330-200 3x Oct-17
Guangzhou - Cairns China Southern A330-300 3x Dec-17
Shenzhen - Cairns Hainan Airlines  A330-200 2x Dec-17
Beijing - Brisbane Air China A330-200 4x Dec-17
Zhengzhou - Melbourne Jetstar B787-800 2x Dec-17
Xiamen - Hangzhou - Melbourne  Xiamen Airlines B787-800 2x Dec-17
Tokyo - Melbourne Japan Airlines B787-300 7x Sep-17
Osaka - Sydney Qantas A330-300 3x Dec-17
Osaka - Sydney Qantas A330-300 3x Dec-17
South America        
Santiago - Melbourne LATAM B787-9 3x Oct-17
Vancouver - Melbourne Air Canada B787-900 4x Dec-17

International and Australian aviation 

For information on international aviation, click here

For information on Australian aviation, click here

Partnerships and campaigns

Tourism Australia currently has long term agreements with the following airlines to promote Australia to the world as a destination for business and leisure:

  • Air China
  • Air New Zealand
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Virgin Australia

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