When asked whether their last domestic flight was for business or leisure, 2.1 million Australians reported flying for business purposes. Nearly 28% of Aussie business air-travellers flew to (or within) New South Wales, while the Northern Territory (2.8%) and Tasmania (2.4%) were the least trafficked domestic business destinations.
Queensland is the second-most visited state/territory for business, attracting 22.7% of all business travellers; while Victoria is a close third (22.3%), well ahead of Western Australia in fourth position (10.4% of all business travellers).
Domestic business travel destinations: state by state
Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), January 2014– December 2015 (n=2,645). Base: Australians 14+ whose last domestic flight was for business purposes
The vast majority of business visitors to NSW are from along the Eastern seaboard. Almost one-third come from south of the border, with 30.0% of them hailing from Melbourne (hardly surprising, given that the Melbourne-Sydney air route is renowned for being one of the busiest in the world), and 2.8% from regional Victoria. Meanwhile, Queenslanders account for 28.9% of all business visitors to NSW: 16.2% from Brisbane and 12.7% from regional areas of the Sunshine State.
Curiously, the largest swathe (24.8%) of Queensland’s business travellers are from within the state (ie Queensland residents travelling intrastate), just ahead of Sydneysiders, who comprise 23.3% of all people who visit the Sunshine State on business. The Sydney-Brisbane route also rates as one of the world’s busiest flight paths.
More than half of Victoria’s business visitors come from NSW (42.1% from Sydney and 9.2% from regional NSW), while the bulk of the ACT’s business visitors come from Melbourne (34.7%) and Sydney (23.8%).
On the other side of the country, Western Australia gets most of its business visitors from intrastate: 46.5% from Perth (due primarily to the state’s large contingent of fly-in fly-out mining industry workers) and 11.4% from regional WA.