The number of passengers on Australian international flights increased to 22.3 million in 2006–07, up 4.7 per cent on the previous year. Growth is driven mainly by Australian residents travelling overseas rather than the arrival of international visitors. The number of international flights has also increased by 1.3 per cent to 119 271.

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Flying Tips

Pack Light
The heavier an aircraft, the more fuel it consumes. Cargo and baggage constitute a large portion of an aircraft’s weight. For each reduction of 1 kg per passenger, an aircraft can save 34,000 litres of fuel annually. Each individual traveller can make a big difference in fuel consumption by packing lightly. The cumulative weight reduction will reduce the total loaded weight of the aircraft and enhance fuel economy, which in turn means fewer CO2 emissions.
Buying a Ticket Electronically
Electronic ticketing eliminates the need for a printed ticket and therefore reduces the quantity of paper used.  This is better for the environment and will save some 50,000 mature trees every year.
Plan Your Trip Efficiently
Reduce the impact of air travel by flying direct wherever possible. A larger percentage of carbon given off by airline flights are emitted during take off and landing. How you decide to travel to the airport can impact CO2 emissions and local air quality. Plan your route to minimise carbon emissions - travel by train and public transport where possible, and minimise internal flights where possible.

What To Consider When Buying Offsets
To solve the problem of climate change, we all need to consider our personal carbon emissions from driving, flying, or even turning on our computers, and we need to make a continuous effort to reduce these emissions wherever possible. Many have taken the additional action of buying greenhouse gas offsets. When you buy offsets, you essentially pay someone to reduce or remove greenhouse gases for you.

Have you heard of Breathe Easy?
Breathe Easy is a program which allows Alcoans and the wider community to offset their carbon emissions.  The beauty of Breathe Easy is that, together with Make an Impact, Alcoans can now measure, reduce and offset their greenhouse footprint.  Breathe Easy was developed by Alcoa’s signature sustainability partner Greening Australia, with Alcoa as a founding partner.
The secret to reducing your carbon footprint starts with reducing carbon emissions where you can, and then offsetting where you can’t – this is where Breathe Easy can help.
For Alcoans: at the end of your Make an Impact calculation, you will be told how many trees need to be planted in order to offset the carbon emissions which you personally generate.  There is a link straight through to Breathe Easy at the end of the Make an Impact calculator – making it nice and easy to offset.
For all other Australians: visit www.breatheeasynow.com.au to offset your emissions today.
Through Breathe Easy, Greening Australia takes your financial offset contributions and invests them in mass plantings in some of Australia’s most degraded landscapes.

Breathe Easy is an Australian Government accredited carbon offset program and is fully compliant with the Kyoto Protocol and the NSW Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme.
Green Travel Tips
Many travel companies now offer holidays which support sustainable development, reduce negative impacts on the environment and provide financial support to local communities – these alternative ways to travel are commonly referred to as "eco-tourism". Look for accommodation that have effective waste treatment systems, that recycle, that are energy efficient, and, where possible, that use environmentally friendly energy sources such as solar energy or hydroelectric power.

Smart Travel Tips:
  • Limit energy use, including your use of air-conditioning and hot water. Turn off all lights and taps when you leave hotel rooms.
  • Reuse your hotel towels and bed linen.
  • Rent a bike. In many places you can rent them out. They are not only environmentally friendly and cheap, but also a great option for sightseeing.
  • Go for a hike. Walking in cities or going on a hike in the countryside is great way to avoid emissions and yet discover some of special things about where you are, things you may otherwise simply "drive by".
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