Domestic aviation activity
There were 5.15 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in January 2017, an increase of 2.8 per cent on January 2016.
4.96 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in January 2017, an increase of 2.8 per cent on January 2016.
RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.96 billion for the month, up 2.7 per cent compared with January 2016.
Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 0.1 per cent compared with January 2016 to a total of 7.53 billion.
With RPT passenger traffic increasing and capacity decreasing, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 77.0 per cent in January 2016 to 79.2 per cent in January 2017.
In January 2017, Sydney remained Australia's busiest domestic airport with 2.26 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.13 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.39 million passenger movements.
Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 33.6 thousand tonnes in January 2017, an increase of 10.8 per cent compared to January 2016.
In January 2017 there were 1.99 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 4.0 per cent higher than in January 2016.
Fixed-wing charter operators carried 195.56 thousand passengers in January 2017, an increase of 1.0 per cent on January 2016.
|Summary of annual RPT activity|
|YE Jan 2015||YE Jan 2016||Growth|
|Total passengers carried||57.66 million||59.07 million||2.4 %|
|Revenue passenger kilometres||68.04 billion||69.49 billion||2.1 %|
|Available seats||76.91 million||77.32 million||0.5 %|
|Available seat kilometres||88.79 billion||89.05 billion||0.3 %|
|Load factor||76.6 %||78.0 %||1.4 *|
|Aircraft trips||634.6 (000s)||639.2 (000s)||0.7 %|
*percentage point difference