Domestic aviation activity
There were 5.20 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in March 2016, an increase of 2.7 per cent on March 2015.
4.97 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in March 2016, an increase of 2.9 per cent on March 2015.
RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.76 billion for the month, up 3.7 per cent compared with March 2015.
Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 2.4 per cent compared with March 2015 to a total of 7.49 billion.
With RPT passenger traffic increasing at a faster rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 76.0 per cent in March 2015 to 76.9 per cent in March 2016.
In March 2016, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.30 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.11 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.43 million passenger movements.
Fixed-wing charter operators carried 227.37 thousand passengers in March 2016, a decrease of 2.7 per cent on March 2015.
|Summary of annual RPT activity|
|YE Mar 2015||YE Mar 2016||Growth|
|Total passengers carried||57.34 million||58.04 million||1.2 %|
|Revenue passenger kilometres||67.59 billion||68.50 billion||1.3 %|
|Available seats||76.81 million||77.43 million||0.8 %|
|Available seat kilometres||88.63 billion||89.36 billion||0.8 %|
|Load factor||76.3 %||76.7 %||0.4 *|
|Aircraft trips||633.6 (000s)||638.1 (000s)||0.7 %|
*percentage point difference