Domestic aviation activity
There were 5.04 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in April 2016, an increase of 1.1 per cent on April 2015.
4.84 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in April 2016, an increase of 1.8 per cent on April 2015.
RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.67 billion for the month, up 0.6 per cent compared with April 2015.
Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 0.6 per cent compared with April 2015 to a total of 7.36 billion.
With RPT passenger traffic increasing and capacity decreasing, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 76.1 per cent in April 2015 to 77.1 per cent in April 2016.
In April 2016, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.23 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.01 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.39 million passenger movements.
In April 2016 there were 1.96 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 0.1 per cent lower than in April 2015.
Fixed-wing charter operators carried 198.83 thousand passengers in April 2016, a decrease of 13.3 per cent on April 2015.
|Summary of annual RPT activity|
|YE Apr 2015||YE Apr 2016||Growth|
|Total passengers carried||57.30 million||58.12 million||1.4 %|
|Revenue passenger kilometres||67.49 billion||68.54 billion||1.6 %|
|Available seats||76.68 million||77.42 million||1.0 %|
|Available seat kilometres||88.43 billion||89.32 billion||1.0 %|
|Load factor||76.3 %||76.7 %||0.4 *|
|Aircraft trips||633.3 (000s)||638.4 (000s)||0.8 %|
*percentage point difference