Domestic aviation activity
There were 5.25 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in September 2016, an increase of 2.5 per cent on September 2015.
5.06 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in September 2016, an increase of 3.2 per cent on September 2015.
RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 6.00 billion for the month, up 3.2 per cent compared with September 2015.
Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 1.0 per cent compared with September 2015 to a total of 7.64 billion.
With RPT passenger traffic increasing at a faster rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 76.9 per cent in September 2015 to 78.6 per cent in September 2016.
In September 2016, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.29 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.12 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.49 million passenger movements.
In September 2016 there were 2.08 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 2.2 per cent higher than in September 2015.
Fixed-wing charter operators carried 195.99 thousand passengers in September 2016, a decrease of 14.2 per cent on September 2015.
|Summary of annual RPT activity|
|YE Sep 2015||YE Sep 2016||Growth|
|Total passengers carried||57.33 million||58.69 million||2.4 %|
|Revenue passenger kilometres||67.62 billion||69.09 billion||2.2 %|
|Available seats||76.62 million||77.23 million||0.8 %|
|Available seat kilometres||88.45 billion||88.93 billion||0.5 %|
|Load factor||76.5 %||77.7 %||1.2 *|
|Aircraft trips||633.8 (000s)||638.1 (000s)||0.7 %|
*percentage point difference