How many airports are in Australia?

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How many airports are in Australia?

There are 175 commercial airports in Australia. ‘Commercial airports’ are defined as airports that “receive regular passenger transport or open charter aircraft.” The top five airports by the total number of domestic and international passenger movements are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide. Below, I will provide more information on commercial airports in Australia, including the international and regional airports with the highest number of passenger traffic.

NUMBER OF COMMERCIAL AIRPORTS

According to the Australian Government’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), as of December 7, 2017, there are 175 commercial airports in Australia. These airports are classified according to their risk and operating profiles such as “the maximum take-off weight of aircraft operating from the airport, the number of passengers departing the airport each year, and international air service or regular open charter operations.” Below, I will present the number of airports for each category.

Category 1: 9
Category 2: 7
Category 3: 40
Category 4: 2
Category 5: 3
Category 6: 113
Category 7: 1

TOP AIRPORTS BY NUMBER OF PASSENGER MOVEMENTS

For the year ended June 2017, the total number of domestic and international passenger movements was 118,513,400. Below, I will present the top five airports by the total number of passenger movements.
1. Sydney: 27,077,700 (22.8%)
2. Melbourne: 24,996,800 (21.0%)
3. Brisbane: 17,102,600 (14.6%)
4. Perth: 8,029,500 (7.1%)
5. Adelaide: 7,049,200 (5.9%)

TOP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS BY NUMBER OF PASSENGER MOVEMENTS

There are 13 international airports in Australia. For the year ended June 2017, the total number of international passenger movements was 38,660,946. Below, I will present the top five international airports by the total number of passenger movements.
1. Sydney: 15,559,762 (40.2%)
2. Melbourne: 9,949,458 (25.7%)
3. Brisbane: 5,600,083 (14.5%)
4. Perth: 4,423,833 (11.4%)
5. Gold Coast: 1,104,987 (2.9%)

TOP REGIONAL AIRPORTS BY NUMBER OF PASSENGER MOVEMENTS

For the year ended June 2017, the total number of domestic passenger movements through regional airports was 24,174,500. Below, I will present the top five regional airports by the total number of passenger movements.
1. Cairns: 4,283,300 (17.7%)
2. Hobart: 2,440,800 (10.1%)
3. Darwin: 1,809,400 (7.5%)
4. Townsville: 1,533,500 (6.3%)
5. Launceston: 1,335,900 (5.5%)

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, as of December 7, 2017, there are 175 commercial airports in Australia. The top five airports by the total number of domestic and international passenger movements are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

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