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Trends in Australian aviation safety
- In 1995, Australia’s population was 17.1 million—by 2010, it had grown to 22.5 million (an increase of 31.6 per cent).
- Air travel in Australia is growing faster than the population. Passenger numbers carried by high-capacity regular public transport aircraft—the major airlines—almost doubled between 1995 and 2008, from 23.4 million to 44.0 million (an increase of 88.0 per cent).
- The number of hours flown by high-capacity regular public transport aircraft showed a similar pattern, rising from 666,000 in 1995 to 1.2 million in 2008 (an increase of 80.2 per cent).
- General aviation is also growing, but more slowly. In 1995, 1.76 million hours were flown by general aviation aircraft; this rose to more than 1.86 million in 2010 (an increase of 5.7 per cent).
- Over the years from 1995 to 2009, high-capacity regular public transport aircraft had an average of 1.9 accidents per year, none of them fatal. Throughout the early 2000s, Australia was one of very few countries that could claim a fatal accident rate close to zero.
- Private and business general aviation operations resulted in an average of 69.2 accidents per year, many of them fatal, between 1995 and 2009. However, there was a trend towards improvement in general aviation: the average number of accidents was 54.8 per year from 2005 to 2009, down from 81.5 per year from 1995 to 2000 (a decrease of 32.8 per cent).
Source: ‘Fifteen years of aviation safety’, Flight Safety Australia, November–December 2010, p. 9.