Domestic aviation activity

Summary

graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 5.26 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in November 2016, an increase of 2.2 per cent on November 2015.

5.05 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in November 2016, an increase of 2.1 per cent on November 2015.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.84 billion for the month, up 1.5 per cent compared with November 2015.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 1.3 per cent compared with November 2015 to a total of 7.36 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic increasing at a faster rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 79.1 per cent in November 2015 to 79.3 per cent in November 2016.

In November 2016, Sydney remained Australia's busiest domestic airport with 2.34 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.16 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.44 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 38.4 thousand tonnes in November 2016, an increase of 21.2 per cent compared to November 2015.

In November 2016 there were 2.02 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 1.1 per cent higher than in November 2015.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 211.21 thousand passengers in November 2016, an increase of 5.1 per cent on November 2015.

Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE Nov 2015YE Nov 2016Growth
Total passengers carried   57.38 million   58.84 million     2.5 %
Revenue passenger kilometres   67.69 billion   69.23 billion     2.3 %
Available seats   76.72 million   77.28 million     0.7 %
Available seat kilometres   88.54 billion   89.05 billion     0.6 %
Load factor   76.5 %   77.7 %     1.3 *
Aircraft trips  634.2 (000s)  638.5 (000s)     0.7 %

*percentage point difference