Australia is perceived as being far, far away from the more populated continents

But that has not stopped people from going there


Australia is perceived as being far, far away from the more populated continents in the Northern Hemisphere.

But that has not stopped people from going there – either as settlers, immigrants or just visitors. But obviously, the mode and duration of travel has changed. Totally. The mid-19th century saw travelers braving the dangers and hardships of months- long journeys by ship – storms, typhoons, freezing weather, burning summers, becalmed ships, crowded accommodations and lack of food – all made such travels the stuff of nightmares. But all that is very much in the past ever since air travel to Australia became easy, convenient and affordable. Today, the statistics for travelers heading to Australia are eye-openers. Just consider the following statistics released by BITRE - the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics which provides economic analysis, research and statistics on infrastructure, transport and regional development issues.
58 international airlines operated scheduled services to/from Australia during the month of July 2016
International scheduled passenger traffic in July 2016 was 3.408 million compared to 3.089 million in July 2015 – an increase of 10.3 per cent
Passenger traffic for the year ended July 2016 was 36.547 million which is a 7.5 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended July 2015.
Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during July 2016 were 4.280 million – an increase of 10.8 per cent compared to July 2015.