Domestic aviation activity
There were 5.33 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in December 2016, an increase of 1.1 per cent on December 2015.
5.14 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in December 2016, an increase of 1.7 per cent on December 2015.
RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 6.11 billion for the month, up 1.7 per cent compared with December 2015.
Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 0.2 per cent compared with December 2015 to a total of 7.70 billion.
With RPT passenger traffic increasing at a faster rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 78.2 per cent in December 2015 to 79.4 per cent in December 2016.
In December 2016, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.33 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.17 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.50 million passenger movements.
Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 40.9 thousand tonnes in December 2016, an increase of 22.2 per cent compared to December 2015.
In December 2016 there were 2.06 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 1.3 per cent higher than in December 2015.
Fixed-wing charter operators carried 188.96 thousand passengers in December 2016, a decrease of 11.6 per cent on December 2015.
|Summary of annual RPT activity|
|YE Dec 2015||YE Dec 2016||Growth|
|Total passengers carried||57.51 million||58.93 million||2.5 %|
|Revenue passenger kilometres||67.85 billion||69.33 billion||2.2 %|
|Available seats||76.83 million||77.30 million||0.6 %|
|Available seat kilometres||88.67 billion||89.06 billion||0.4 %|
|Load factor||76.5 %||77.8 %||1.3 *|
|Aircraft trips||634.5 (000s)||638.9 (000s)||0.7 %|
*percentage point difference