Busiest Airports in Australia

Sep 18, 2018News

With the Sydney Airport curfew in the spotlight once again, we thought we’d take a closer look at the busiest and best airports in Australia.

It won’t surprise anyone that Sydney airport is the busiest, both in terms of passenger movements, aircraft movements and revenue passenger traffic. This is why there are calls for the restrictions prohibiting aircraft taking off or landing between 11pm and 6am to be reviewed.

“It is a serious issue at Sydney Airport as anyone flying into Sydney Airport close to 11:00 knows. I’ve certainly been on a Perth flight that was going to land in Sydney at two minutes past 11 and I got diverted to Melbourne.” – ACCC Chairman Rod Sims

As well as the curfew, Sydney airport has a cap on aircraft movements stipulating that no more than 80 aircraft can land or take off in any one hour period.


There is a comprehensive list of Australia’s busiest airports on Wikipedia. We’ve listed the 10 busiest airports in Australia by passenger numbers below. This includes both inbound and outbound passengers.


  • Sydney Airport
  • Melbourne Airport
  • Brisbane Airport
  • Perth Airport
  • Adelaide Airport
  • Gold Coast Airport
  • Cairns Airport
  • Canberra Airport
  • Hobart International Airport
  • Darwin International Airport



The 2018 Skytrax World Airport Awards have Sydney as the winner in the Australia/Pacific region sitting at 20. Other airports in the Australia/Pacific region to make the list (numbered from highest ranking to lowest ranking) include:

  • Sydney
  • Brisbane
  • Auckland
  • Melbourne
  • Christchurch
  • Gold Coast
  • Perth
  • Adelaide



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