Business travel down after mining boom

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 5-Feb-18

A Roy Morgan Single Source shows that 2.2 million Australians aged 14+ travelled by air for business purposes in 2017 (equivalent to 11 per cent of the population); however, this was down 1.3 percentage points since the height of the mining boom in 2010. This might seem a surprise in an economy that has experienced strong economic growth over the past seven years; however, deeper analysis by State reveals that a substantial part of this fall has been concentrated in the mining states of WA (in which 11.6 per cent of the population were business air travellers in 2017 – down 4.1 percentage points since 2010) and Queensland (in which business air travel is down 3.9 percentage points to 10.2 per cent). The prevalence of so-called Fly-In-Fly-Out workers in the mining industry has clearly fallen significantly over the last few years as big mining projects have been completed and the workforce required to maintain operations is invariably lower than required to "kick-start" a new project to begin with.


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