Domestic aviation activity
There were 5.13 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in September 2015, an increase of 1.0 per cent on September 2014.
4.90 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in September 2015, an increase of 0.9 per cent on September 2014.
RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.81 billion for the month, up 1.1 per cent compared with September 2014.
Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 0.5 per cent compared with September 2014 to a total of 7.56 billion.
With RPT passenger traffic increasing at a faster rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 76.5 per cent in September 2014 to 76.9 per cent in September 2015.
In September 2015, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.20 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.01 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.46 million passenger movements.
Fixed-wing charter operators carried 228.33 thousand passengers in September 2015, an increase of 4.0 per cent on September 2014.
|Summary of annual RPT activity|
|YE Sep 2014||YE Sep 2015||Growth|
|Total passengers carried||57.59 million||57.32 million||-0.5 %|
|Revenue passenger kilometres||67.94 billion||67.61 billion||-0.5 %|
|Available seats||77.45 million||76.70 million||-1.0 %|
|Available seat kilometres||89.29 billion||88.48 billion||-0.9 %|
|Load factor||76.1 %||76.4 %||0.3 *|
|Aircraft trips||637.4 (000s)||636.3 (000s)||-0.2 %|
*percentage point difference