Flight Friday: Australia and New Zealand Recovery Remains Behind

Plane over Brisbane
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With Aviation Week’s MRO Australasia coming up this month, this week’s #FlightFriday takes a look at Australian and New Zealand operators’ utilization.

When looking at hours and cycles compared to the same equivalent month in 2019, flights have taken a little longer to come back to 2019 levels compared to some other parts of the world. Only in 2023 have the number of flights been the same as equivalent month 2019; however, the flight hours remain below 95% of 2019 levels. These two data points suggests that while flights are back to normal, shorter flights are happening when compared to 2019.


The data shows the extra lockdown measures that Australia put into place in mid-2021, as the utilization levels drop below 50% of 2019 figures.

This data was put together using Aviation Week's Tracked Aircraft Utilization data.


Daniel Williams

Based in the UK, Daniel is the Manager of Fleet, Flight and Forecast data for Aviation Week Network. Prior to joining Aviation Week in 2017, Daniel held a number of industry positions analyzing fleet data.