Domestic aviation activity


graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers


There were 5.09 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in May 2018, an increase of 2.6 per cent on May 2017.

4.87 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in May 2018, an increase of 2.6 per cent on May 2017.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.60 billion for the month, up 3.0 per cent compared with May 2017.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 1.7 per cent compared with May 2017 to a total of 7.17 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic increasing at a higher rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased slightly from 77.1 per cent in May 2017 to 78.1 per cent in May 2018.

In May 2018, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.21 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.03 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.41 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 41.4 thousand tonnes in May 2018, an increase of 0.3 per cent compared with May 2017.

In May 2018, there were 2.05 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 2.3 per cent higher than in May 2017.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 224.9 thousand passengers in May 2018, an increase of 3.0 per cent on May 2017. Perth airport accounted for 37.7 per cent of all charter passengers in Australia.




Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE May 2017YE May 2018Growth
Total passengers carried  59.22 million   60.77 million     2.6 %
Revenue passenger kilometres   69.46 billion   70.88 billion     2.0 %
Available seats   77.16 million   77.64 million     0.6 %
Available seat kilometres   88.63 billion   88.65 billion     0.0 %
Load factor   78.4 %   80.0 %     1.6*
Aircraft trips  641.2 (000s)  637.4 (000s)    -0.6 %

*percentage point difference