Domestic aviation activity

Summary

graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

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 2016YE Jul 2017Growth
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