There are 664 aerodromes in Australia. These range from major international gateways and regional airports, to dirt strips in remote communities.
In the year ending 2010 there were 53.97 million passenger movements through more than 180 domestic airports in Australia. This was an increase of 7 per cent on the year ending December 2009.
Over this same period, more than 26.792 million international passengers travelled on air services to and from Australian airports, an increase of 9.8 per cent on year ending December 2009.
Australia’s airports are important transport and economic hubs, handling over 80.76 million passengers in 2010, generating thousands of jobs.
Regional aerodromes provide a critical service for remote communities, allowing access by the Royal Flying Doctors service and local bank and postal planes.
In 1988-89 only 16.9 million passengers flew domestically and 7.9 million internationally. Australia's airports have significantly grown to meet the increased demand.
The annual gross value added by the air and space industry to the Australian economy is $6.3 Billion - ABS National Accounts 2009.
Airports are a major supporter of trade. While air freight is less than one per cent of trade by volume, it is twenty per cent of trade by value.
Over 680,000 tonnes of freight, worth $100 million was carried on international flights to and from Australia's airports in 2008-09 - ABS International Cargo Statistics, Unpublished, 2009.