Domestic aviation activity

 

Summary

graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 5.20 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in March 2016, an increase of 2.7 per cent on March 2015.

4.97 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in March 2016, an increase of 2.9 per cent on March 2015.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.76 billion for the month, up 3.7 per cent compared with March 2015.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 2.4 per cent compared with March 2015 to a total of 7.49 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic increasing at a faster rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 76.0 per cent in March 2015 to 76.9 per cent in March 2016.

In March 2016, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.30 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.11 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.43 million passenger movements.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 227.37 thousand passengers in March 2016, a decrease of 2.7 per cent on March 2015.

 

Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE Mar 2015YE Mar 2016Growth
Total passengers carried   57.34 million   58.04 million     1.2 %
Revenue passenger kilometres   67.59 billion   68.50 billion     1.3 %
Available seats   76.81 million   77.43 million     0.8 %
Available seat kilometres   88.63 billion   89.36 billion     0.8 %
Load factor   76.3 %   76.7 %     0.4 *
Aircraft trips  633.6 (000s)  638.1 (000s)     0.7 %

*percentage point difference