Domestic aviation activity
There were 5.10 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in August 2016, an increase of 1.8 per cent on August 2015.
4.88 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in August 2016, an increase of 1.9 per cent on August 2015.
RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.78 billion for the month, up 1.1 per cent compared with August 2015.
Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 1.2 per cent compared with August 2015 to a total of 7.59 billion.
The passengers load factor (RPKs/ASKs) was 76.1 per cent in August 2016, virtually unchanged compared with August 2015.
In August 2016, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.21 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.02 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.44 million passenger movements.
In August 2016 there were 2.05 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 0.7 per cent higher than in August 2015.
Fixed-wing charter operators carried 212.65 thousand passengers in August 2016, an increase of 1.0 per cent on August 2015.
|Summary of annual RPT activity|
|YE Aug 2015||YE Aug 2016||Growth|
|Total passengers carried||57.29 million||58.53 million||2.2 %|
|Revenue passenger kilometres||67.56 billion||68.90 billion||2.0 %|
|Available seats||76.62 million||77.16 million||0.7 %|
|Available seat kilometres||88.42 billion||88.85 billion||0.5 %|
|Load factor||76.4 %||77.5 %||1.1 *|
|Aircraft trips||633.8 (000s)||637.1 (000s)||0.5 %|
*percentage point difference