There are many airlines that frequent Sydney Airport daily. Let’s have a look at five local airlines that are based in Sydney, which operate on both a domestic and international level.
- Qantas is Australia’s largest airline and is the third oldest in the world, being founded in 1920. Qantas has a 65% share of domestic flights within Australia and 14.9% of International flights out of Australia. They are based at Sydney Airport and currently fly to 20 domestic and 21 international destinations, excluding its subsidiaries. Qantas also offer sightseeing trips to Antarctica, something not offered by any other Australian airline. Qantas have had sponsorship affiliations with both the Australian national rugby and cricket teams in the past, and the management of Qantas have expressed strong sentiments supporting same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues.
- Jetstar are a very popular and recent company used for domestic and international flights. They were established in 2003 by Qantas and currently carry 8.5% of passengers travelling in and out of Australia. Jetstar are one of the cheaper airlines; a likely reason for their popularity. Jetstar offer a two-class service, economy and business class and all flights feature in-flight entertainment, which includes televisions on the back of seats and as of 2011, iPads have been offered for usage to customers. Popular destinations that Jetstar travel to outside of Australia include Hawaii, Christchurch, Bali and Singapore.
- Virgin Australia. It was established in 2000 and is one of Australia’s largest airlines and the largest operating under the Virgin brand. Virgin Australia’s most used route currently is the line between Sydney and Los Angeles. Virgin’s two focus cities are Adelaide and the Gold Coast and the airline serves a total of 57 locations in both Australia and abroad, including small towns in rural Australia and capital cities within the Asia-Pacific. Both Domestic and International Virgin flights feature three classes; business, premium and economy.
- Tigerair Australia. Tigerair is a low-cost domestic airline that was established in 2007. They began operations out of Sydney Airport in 2012. As of 2015, the airline is wholly owned by Virgin Australia. While for much of Tigerairs’ existence they have solely been a domestic service, from 2016-17 they ran flights to Indonesia from Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. As of 2019 Tigerair serve nine destinations from their three bases in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne – Cairns, Canberra, Adelaide, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Darwin, Hobart, Perth, and Prosperine.
- Regional Express. A small regional airline based out of Sydney Airport that was established in 2002. Regional Express serve 60 destinations across Australia as of 2019 and engage in 1,500 weekly flights across these destinations. Regional Express’s fleet consists of 55 Swedish built Saab aircraft that fit between 33-36 passengers. As of 2007, Regional have operated a pilot academy, the Australian Airline Pilot Academy, based at Managlore Airport Victoria. In 2010, an AAPA campus opened at Wagga Wagga airport in NSW.