Passenger numbers at Australia’s airports to double by 2030

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Passenger movements at Australia's capital and non-capital city airports are projected to double to 279 million by 2030.

In a new report released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, passenger numbers are forecast to increase by 3.7% a year over the forecast period from 135 million in 2010-11 to 279 million in 2030-31.

Passenger movements on domestic routes are expected to grow by 3.3% to 207 million, while on international routes the number is expected to increase by 4.9% to 72 million in 2030-31.

The number of air passenger movements through capital city and non-capital city airports are expected to grow by 3.8% and 3.2% respectively, within the two decades.

Passenger numbers at Sydney airport are expected to grow by 3.6% a year to 72 million in 2030-31, while Melbourne airport's passenger numbers are expected to grow by 3.9% to 60.4 million.

Passenger movements at Brisbane airport are expected to grow by 4.2% a year to 45.1 million, while passenger movements at Adelaide airport are expected to climb by 3.1% a year to 13.5 million. Passenger movements at Perth airport are expected to increase by 4.4% a year to 25.7 million.

Passenger numbers at Hobart and Darwin airports are expected to grow by 3% and by 4.2% a year to 3.5 million and 4.2 million respectively. The number of passengers at Canberra and Newcastle airports are projected to grow by 3.3% and by 3.1% a year to 6.1 million and 2.2 million respectively in 2030-31.

The number of passenger movements at Cairns airport is expected to grow by 3.7% to 8 million, while the number at Gold Coast airport is estimated to grow by 4.4% a year to 13.1 million in 2030-31.

Passenger numbers at Townsville, Launceston and all other airports are expected to grow by 3.7%, 2.7% and 2.3% respectively in the same period.