Domestic aviation activity

Summary

graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 5.21 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in March 2017, an increase of 0.2 per cent on March 2016.

5.00 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in March 2017, an increase of 0.6 per cent on March 2016.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.69 billion for the month, down 1.3 per cent compared with March 2016.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 1.9 per cent compared with March 2016 to a total of 7.35 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic decreasing at slower rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 76.9 per cent in March 2016 to 77.4 per cent in March 2017.

In March 2017, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.33 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.14 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.41 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 39.7 thousand tonnes in March 2017, an increase of 8.4 per cent compared to March 2016.  

In March 2017 there were 1.98 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, virtually the same as in March 2016.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 211.91 thousand passengers in March 2017, a decrease of 6.8 per cent on March 2016.

Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE Mar 2015YE Mar 2016Growth
Total passengers carried   58.04 million   59.00 million     1.6 %
Revenue passenger kilometres   68.50 billion   69.27 billion     1.1 %
Available seats   77.42 million   77.06 million    -0.5 %
Available seat kilometres   89.36 billion   88.62 billion    -0.8 %
Load factor   76.7 %   78.2 %     1.5 *
Aircraft trips  637.9 (000s)  637.3 (000s)     0.1 %

*percentage point difference