Cairns Airport

Movements

A key change in Cairns is the growth of helicopter movements in recent years. In 2011 there were just over 14 000 helicopter movements at Cairns Airport. This grew to more than 19 000 in 2015. When flights within the region but outside the airport are also included, the 2015 figure rises to 22 000 flights. This primarily reflects growth in the tourism industry and the demand for joy flights.

Select a quarter for information on movements at Cairns Airport during that period.

July - September 2018

Total movements

In quarter three there were 25 901 movements, ranging from 8061 to 9100 per month. On average, in each month of the quarter there were:

  • 1700 helicopter movements.
  • 3300 jet movements
  • 3600 propeller aircraft and turboprop movements

The busiest month for jet movements was July with 3470 jet movements, with September having the fewest jet movements with 3126.


Hourly movements (average)


 

Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Night movements

The following chart shows the total number of movements over the quarter each hour between 11 pm and 6 am.

 

April - June 2018

Total movements

In quarter one there were 23 115 movements, ranging from 7400 to 8169 per month. On average, in each month of the quarter there were:

  • 1400 helicopter movements.
  • 3000 jet movements
  • 3200 propeller aircraft and turboprop movements

The busiest month for jet movements was January with 3274 jet movements, with February having the fewest jet movements with 2958.


Hourly movements (average)


 

Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Night movements

The following chart shows the total number of movements over the quarter each hour between 11 pm and 6 am.

 

January - March 2018

Total movements

In quarter one there were 24 293 movements, ranging from 7670 to 8590 per month. On average, in each month of the quarter there were:

  • 1800 helicopter movements.
  • 3000 jet movements
  • 3200 propeller aircraft and turboprop movements

The busiest month for jet movements was January with 3357 jet movements, with February having the fewest jet movements with 2800.

The busiest month for helicopter movements was February with 2577 movements. This reflects increased demand for scenic flights during Chinese New Year.


Hourly movements (average)


 

Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Night movements

The following chart shows the total number of movements over the quarter each hour between 11 pm and 6 am.

 

October - December 2017

Total movements

In quarter four there were 26 066 movements, ranging from 8361 to 9045 per month. On average, in each month of the quarter there were:

  • 3300 jet movements
  • 3600 propeller aircraft and turboprop movements
  • 1850 helicopter movements.

The busiest month for jet movements was October with 3503 jet movements, with November having the fewest jet movements with 2990.

The busiest month for helicopter movements was December with 2002 movements. This reflects increased demand for scenic flights in the peak holiday season.

Early morning movements tend to increase in the months when the southern states are on daylight saving time. This is because airlines change their schedules to bring flight times forward in order to cater for demand to arrive in the main southern business centres (Sydney and Melbourne) in time for business hours. This is illustrated in the Night Movements chart below which shows an increase in movements between 4:00am and 6:00am. This is consistent with quarter four of 2016.


Hourly movements (average)


 

Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Night movements

The following chart shows the total number of movements over the quarter each hour between 11 pm and 6 am.

 

July - September 2017

Total movements

In quarter three there were 26269 movements, ranging from 8244 to 9169 per month. On average, in each month of the quarter there were:

  • around 3450 jet movements
  • around 3500 propeller aircraft and turboprop movements
  • just over 1700 helicopter movements.

The busiest month for jet movements was August (3467) and July and September were consistent with 3450 and 3455 movements respectively.

The number of helicopter movements increased from around 1300 the previous quarter.


Hourly movements (average)


 

Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Night movements

The following chart shows the total number of movements over the quarter each hour between 11 pm and 6 am.

 

April - June 2017

Total movements

In the second quarter there were around 23 000 movements, ranging from 7997 to 7329 per month.

On average, in each month there were:

  • around 3000 jet movements
  • around 3300 propeller aircraft and turboprop movements
  • just over 1300 helicopter movements.

The busiest month for jet movements was April (3164) and May and June were consistent with 2895 and 2894 movements respectively.


Hourly movements (average)


 

Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Night movements

The following chart shows the total number of movements over the quarter each hour between 11 pm and 6 am.

 

January - March 2017

Total movements

In quarter one there were around 24 500 movements, ranging from 7500 to 8800 movements a month.

On average, in each month there were:

  • 3000 jet movements
  • 3400 propeller aircraft and turboprop movements
  • 1750 helicopter movements.

Overall, January was the busiest month for all types of movements – jets, non-jets and helicopters. This reflects the popularity of Cairns as a holiday destination.


Hourly movements (average)


 

Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Night movements

The following chart shows the total number of movements over the quarter each hour between 11 pm and 6 am.

 

2016 Overview

In total there were 97 324 movements in 2016, comprising:

  • 36 404 jets
  • 41 162 propeller and turbo-prop aircraft
  • 19 709 helicopters
  • 49 unclassified

This is 4160 more movements than in 2015 or an increase of 4.5 per cent. Jet movements increased by seven per cent, props and turbo-props by three per cent and helicopters by just under two per cent.

October - December 2016

Total movements

In the fourth quarter there were just over 25 000 movements, ranging from 8000 to 8500 movements a month. This is an increase from the previous quarter.

On average, in each month there were:

  • 3100 jet movements
  • 3600 propeller aircraft and turboprop movements
  • 1600 helicopter movements.

There were slightly fewer jet movements and slightly more propeller, turbo-prop and helicopter movements than in quarter three.


Hourly movements (average)


 

Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Night movements

The following chart shows the total number of movements over the quarter each hour between 11 pm and 6 am.

 

July - September 2016

Total movements

In the third quarter there were just under 25 000 movements, ranging from 8000 to 8500 movements a month. This is an increase from the previous quarter.

On average, in each month there were:

  • 3200 jet movements
  • 3500 propeller aircraft and turboprop movements
  • 1500 helicopter movements.

Hourly movements (average)


 

Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Night movements

The following chart shows the total number of movements over the quarter each hour between 11 pm and 6 am.

 

April - June 2016

Total movements

In the second quarter there were just under 22 000 movements, around 7500 movements a month. This is a reduction from quarter one. Quarter one movements tend to peak due to the holiday season.

On average, in each month there were:

  • 2800 jet movements
  • 3300 propeller aircraft and turboprop movements
  • 1200 helicopter movements.

Hourly movements (average)


 

Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Night movements

The following chart shows the total number of movements over the quarter each hour between 11 pm and 6 am.

 

January - March 2016

Total movements

There were 25000 movements in quarter one of 2016, ranging between 8000 and 9000 movements per month.

On average, in each month there were:

  • 3000 jet movements
  • 3200 propeller aircraft and turboprop movements
  • 2100 helicopter movements.

Hourly movements (average)

 


Daily movements (average and maximum)

 


Night movements

The following chart shows the total number of movements over the quarter each hour between 11 pm and 6 am.