Domestic aviation activity


graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers


There were 5.44 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in March 2018, an increase of 4.4 per cent on March 2017.

5.24 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in March 2018, an increase of 4.7 per cent on March 2017.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.96 billion for the month, up 4.9 per cent compared with March 2017.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 0.9 per cent compared with March 2017 to a total of 7.41 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic increasing at faster rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 77.4 per cent in March 2017 to 80.4 per cent in March 2018.

In March 2018, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.42 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.24 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.46 million passenger movements

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 40.9 thousand tonnes in March 2018, an increase of 3.2 per cent compared with March 2017.

In March 2018, there were 2.11 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 6.2 per cent higher than in March 2017.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 203.5 thousand passengers in March 2018, a decrease of 3.9 per cent on March 2017. Perth airport accounted for 37.9 per cent of all charter passengers in Australia.


Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE Mar 2017YE Mar 2018Growth
Total passengers carried   59.04 million   60.50 million     2.5 %
Revenue passenger kilometres   69.28 billion   70.57 billion     1.9 %
Available seats   77.14 million   77.39 million     0.3 %
Available seat kilometres   88.64 billion   88.35 billion    -0.3 %
Load factor   78.2 %   79.9 %     1.7*
Aircraft trips  642.0 (000s)  637.0 (000s)    -0.7 %

*percentage point difference