PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21: Josh Corbett of the Dockers looks on after being defeated during the round six AFL match between Fremantle Dockers and Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium, on April 21, 2023, in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The Fremantle Dockers have claimed the AFL's unwanted prize as the team who will spend the most time on a plane in 2024.

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

Team Trips Time in air
Fremantle 11 96hr 0m
West Coast 11 83hr 0m
Gold Coast 12 65hr 20m
Brisbane 11 61hr 45m
Sydney 11 42hr 35m
GWS Giants 11 42hr 0m
Melbourne 8 37hr 35m
North Melbourne 10 37hr 20m
Adelaide 10 37h 20m
Port Adelaide 10 34hr 50m
Richmond 7 32hr 10m
Geelong 7 31hr 55m
Hawthorn 10 30hr 50m
Collingwood 6 25hr 25m
Essendon 6 25hr 0m
St Kilda 7 24hr 35m
Carlton 6 23hr 45m
Bulldogs 6 21hr 45m

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.