Domestic aviation activity
There were 5.43 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in December 2017, an increase of 1.9 per cent on December 2016.
5.25 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in December 2017, an increase of 2.1 per cent on December 2016.
RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 6.20 billion for the month, up 1.5 per cent compared with December 2016.
Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 0.6 per cent compared with December 2016 to a total of 7.65 billion.
With RPT passenger traffic increasing and capacity decreasing, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 79.4 per cent in December 2016 to 81.0 per cent in December 2017.
In December 2017, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.38 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.22 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.51 million passenger movements.
Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 42.4 thousand tonnes in December 2017, an increase of 3.9 per cent compared with December 2016.
In December 2017 there were 2.11 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 1.4 per cent higher than in December 2016.
Fixed-wing charter operators carried 180.37 thousand passengers in December 2017, a decrease of 4.4 per cent on December 2016. Perth airport accounted for 37.7 per cent of all charter passengers in Australia.
|Summary of annual RPT activity|
|YE Dec 2016||YE Dec 2017||Growth|
|Total passengers carried||58.97 million||59.98 million||1.7 %|
|Revenue passenger kilometres||69.34 billion||70.01 billion||1.0 %|
|Available seats||77.38 million||77.15 million||-0.3 %|
|Available seat kilometres||89.08 billion||88.20 billion||-1.0 %|
|Load factor||77.8 %||79.4 %||1.5 *|
|Aircraft trips||643.3 (000s)||638.7 (000s)||-0.7 %|
*percentage point difference