Domestic aviation activity

 

Summary

graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 5.25 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in September 2016, an increase of 2.5 per cent on September 2015.

5.06 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in September 2016, an increase of 3.2 per cent on September 2015.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 6.00 billion for the month, up 3.2 per cent compared with September 2015.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 1.0 per cent compared with September 2015 to a total of 7.64 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic increasing at a faster rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 76.9 per cent in September 2015 to 78.6 per cent in September 2016.

In September 2016, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.29 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.12 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.49 million passenger movements.

In September 2016 there were 2.08 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 2.2 per cent higher than in September 2015.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 195.99 thousand passengers in September 2016, a decrease of 14.2 per cent on September 2015.

 

Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE Sep 2015YE Sep 2016Growth
Total passengers carried   57.33 million   58.69 million     2.4 %
Revenue passenger kilometres   67.62 billion   69.09 billion     2.2 %
Available seats   76.62 million   77.23 million     0.8 %
Available seat kilometres   88.45 billion   88.93 billion     0.5 %
Load factor   76.5 %   77.7 %     1.2 *
Aircraft trips  633.8 (000s)  638.1 (000s)     0.7 %

*percentage point difference