Domestic aviation activity
There were 4.87 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in May 2016, an increase of 2.6 per cent on May 2015.
4.67 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in May 2016, an increase of 3.0 per cent on May 2015.
RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.40 billion for the month, up 2.6 per cent compared with May 2015.
Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 2.7 per cent compared with May 2015 to a total of 7.03 billion.
With RPT passenger traffic increasing and capacity decreasing, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 72.9 per cent in May 2015 to 76.9 per cent in May 2016.
In May 2016, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.13 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 1.95 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.37 million passenger movements.
In May 2016 there were 1.93 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 2.0 per cent higher than in May 2015.
Fixed-wing charter operators carried 203.45 thousand passengers in May 2016, a decrease of 6.7 per cent on May 2015.
|Summary of annual RPT activity|
|YE May 2015||YE May 2016||Growth|
|Total passengers carried||57.26 million||58.25 million||1.7 %|
|Revenue passenger kilometres||67.46 billion||68.67 billion||1.8 %|
|Available seats||76.53 million||77.34 million||1.1 %|
|Available seat kilometres||88.24 billion||89.12 billion||1.0 %|
|Load factor||76.4 %||77.1 %||0.6 *|
|Aircraft trips||632.6 (000s)||638.2 (000s)||0.9 %|
*percentage point difference