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Regular Public Transport/Airline Operations
While the airlines do not fly as many hours as GA they represent the next biggest segment of Australias growing aviation market.
Since the 1970s domestic air travel has grown in Australia at a rate of around 6%, and this has only mildly moderated in the last few years. Interestingly, all routes between capital cities have been progressively been taken over by aviation from other modes of transport.
At present, for example, air travel between Brisbane and Melbourne is about 88% by air, but is forecast to grow to 95% in the coming years as airfares become even cheaper and passengers demand more and better services.
Internationally, as the bulk of arrivals and departures into Australia are inevitably by air, this rate is growing even faster, especially with flights to Asian destinations.
More people than the population of Australia (about 21 million) presently travel in and out of the country each year by air, and that number is steadily growing. The majority of that number is accounted for by Australians travelling overseas.