Domestic aviation activity
There were 5.49 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in July 2017, an increase of 2.2 per cent on July 2016.
5.29 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in July 2017, an increase of 2.1 per cent on July 2016.
RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 6.33 billion for the month, up 1.7 per cent compared with July 2016.
Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 0.3 per cent compared with July 2016 to a total of 7.70 billion.
With RPT passenger traffic increasing and capacity decreasing, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 80.6 per cent in July 2016 to 82.2 per cent in July 2017.
In July 2017, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.37 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.22 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.56 million passenger movements.
Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 36.6 thousand tonnes in July 2017, an increase of 2.5 per cent compared to July 2016.
In July 2017 there were 2.21 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 2.2 per cent higher than in July 2016.
Fixed-wing charter operators carried 198.96 thousand passengers in July 2017, an increase of 6.3 per cent on July 2016.
|Summary of annual RPT activity|
|YE Jul 2016||YE Jul 2017||Growth|
|Total passengers carried||58.44 million||59.36 million||1.6 %|
|Revenue passenger kilometres||68.83 billion||69.57 billion||1.1 %|
|Available seats||77.06 million||77.17 million||0.1 %|
|Available seat kilometres||88.76 billion||88.62 billion||-0.2 %|
|Load factor||77.5 %||78.5 %||1.0 *|
|Aircraft trips||636.0 (000s)||636.3 (000s)||0.0 %|
*percentage point difference