Following the AFL's fixture release on Thursday afternoon, Zero Hanger have crunched the numbers to reveal the number of times every team will be forced to use an airport, and the number of hours they will spend on a plane.
While the two Western Australian-based teams - the Dockers and West Coast Eagles - both face 11 trips away from Perth, Fremantle's need to use connecting flights on their way to Launceston and Alice Springs blows their time in the sky out to almost 100 hours.
Behind the Eagles, the two Queensland-based teams are next, then the two Sydney-based teams, before Melbourne and North Melbourne, who both take home games out of the Victorian capital, will face more time in the sky than the two Adelaide-based sides.
All of the remaining Melbourne based teams follow, with the Western Bulldogs facing the AFL's easiest travel schedule for 2024, although that doesn't take into account numerous road trips to Ballarat.
That said, the Carlton Blues may be the true winners for 2024 in limiting transit time.
Here is the amount of time each team will spend in the air for 2024.
AFL teams time on planes in 2024
|Time in air
Note: Flight time relates to the scheduled time of a flight by the quickest route possible, including connections where necessary.
Flights were used for all interstate travel except when Sydney teams travelled to Canberra, the Lions or Giants played an away game on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane, or Melbourne teams travelled to Geelong for example.
It was also assumed that teams would fly home after each away game (with the exception of the Suns playing two games in the space of five days in Darwin), whereas sometimes they may hold a training camp if playing multiple away games in the same area back-to-back.