Australia has 26+ new Southeast Asia routes; Sydney top airport but Melbourne & Perth faster-growing


Southeast Asia is a critical part of Australia’s international network. This is not just for onward connectivity to Europe, including the famous ‘kangaroo route’. Crucially, it is also for holidays for Australians, especially in Bali and Thailand, along with the growing diaspora from Southeast Asian countries, students (particularly from Vietnam and the Philippines) and more.

Record capacity in the southern winter 2024

Analysis of Cirium data for the southern winter 2024 (SW24) reveals a significant milestone for Australia. The country has a record-breaking 5.88 million departing seats to Southeast Asia, marking a remarkable 7% increase from the previous record set in SW18.

Seven Southeast Asian countries have Australia flights. Growth since 2018 has come from Vietnam (+171%), Indonesia (+27%) and the Philippines (+23%). The trio has 2.4 million departing seats this winter, up from 1.6 million. As a result, they now account for 40% of Southeast Asia’s capacity, a rise of 10 percentage points.

Australia-South Asia Southern winter seats

26+ new routes

Southeast Asia routes introduced in 2023/2024 include the following. Only those that are still served are mentioned. Nearly all routes are brand-new for the stated airline. It is notable that only six are by Australian carriers.

Dublin Airport
  • 9 December 2024: QantasLink, Darwin-Singapore (last served by Qantas in 2007)
  • 6 September 2024: Jetstar, Perth-Bangkok
  • 6 August 2024; Jetstar, Perth-Phuket
  • 1 August 2024: Jetstar, Perth-Singapore (last served in 2017)
  • 14 June 2024: Batik Air, Canberra-Denpasar Bali
  • 9 June 2024: Vietjet, Sydney-Hanoi
  • 4 June 2024: Vietjet, Melbourne-Hanoi
  • 31 March 2024: Thai Airways, Perth-Bangkok (last served in 2022)
  • 11 March 2024: AirAsia Malaysia, Perth-Kuala Lumpur (coexists with AirAsia X)
  • 2 March 2024: Turkish Airlines, Melbourne-Istanbul (fifth freedom; continues to Istanbul)
  • 8 December 2023: Vietnam Airlines, Perth-Ho Chi Minh City
  • 22 November 2023: VietJet, Perth-Ho Chi Minh City; continues to Adelaide
  • 10 November 2023: Batik Air, Adelaide-Denpasar Bali
  • 26 August 2023: Batik Air, Perth-Jakarta
  • 19 July 2023: Citilink, Perth-Denpasar
  • 16 June 2023: Vietjet, Brisbane-Ho Chi Minh City
  • 15 June 2023: Vietnam Airlines, Melbourne-Hanoi
  • 3 June 2023: AirAsia Indonesia, Perth-Jakarta
  • 16 April 2023: Qantas, Melbourne-Jakarta
  • 13 April 2023: Vietjet, Sydney-Ho Chi Minh City
  • 9 April 2023: Vietjet, Melbourne-Ho Chi Minh City
  • 29 March 2023: Virgin Australia, Gold Coast-Denpasar Bali
  • 27 March 2023: Philippine Airlines, Perth-Manila
  • 5 January 2023: Batik Air, Melbourne-Denpasar Bali
  • 5 January 2023: Batik Air, Sydney-Denpasar Bali
  • 2 January 2023: Vietnam Airlines, Sydney-Hanoi

Melbourne Airport

Sydney is the top airport, but Melbourne and Perth faster growing

Nine Australian airports have Southeast Asian flights in SW24. Using Cirium to compare the situation to the prior record of SW18 shows that Port Hedland had limited Virgin flights to Denpasar Bali, while Broome was briefly served by Silk Air from Singapore.

Notice the big decline at Canberra, which is because Singapore Airlines no longer serves it. It operated Singapore-Canberra-Wellington between 2016 and 2018. The one-stop to New Zealand shifted to Melbourne, with Canberra becoming a terminator service from 2019-2020. The big reduction at Gold Coast is due to AirAsia X no longer serving Kuala Lumpur in the Australian winter.

While Sydney is the leading airport for Southeast Asia capacity, Melbourne is catching up, helped by 13% growth. However, Perth, while much smaller, has seen available seats rise by twice that amount. Sixteen airlines will have 26 Sydney-Southeast Asia routes in SW24, linking nine destinations in seven countries non-stop.

Australian airports with Southeast Asia capacity

Geneva Airport Spring 2024