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Connecting Australia: The economic and social contribution of Australia’s airports

Deloitte Access Economics report for the Australian Airports Association


Connecting Australia: The economic and social contribution of Australia’s airportsPerhaps more than any other country Australia relies on an efficient and reliable aviation sector and airport network for its citizens to remain physically ‘in touch’ with each other and the rest of the world. Across Australia there are more than 250 airports receiving regular public services and an estimated 2000 more smaller airfields and landing strips. Of these, the 11 capital city and major centre airports (Cairns, Gold Coast and Alice Springs) service about 118 million domestic and international passengers currently with passenger growth projected out to 2025 of 3.5% annually.

This study examines the economic contribution of Australia’s airports and their pivotal role in enhancing national business performance, linking regions and promoting social inclusion. It looks at total economic contribution – both core and broader economic footprint, workers employed etc.  It also tracks the growing dependence of Australians on air services driven by growth in leisure tourism (especially outbound) and the regional expansion of strategic resource and agricultural activities.

The report is divided into four sections:

  • Australia’s airport sector: covering the current profile of the nation’s network of airports and role in the economy, recent developments, and areas of future growth
  • Connecting the economy & the community: covers how airports facilitate and underpin a spectrum of business, trade and tourism activities
  • Growth in air traffic: covers overarching trends and drivers, including forecasts of the levels of passengers, aircraft movement and freight loads
  • Strategic implications: outlines the future opportunities, risks and policy environment.


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