Domestic aviation activity


graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 5.45 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in November 2018, an increase of 0.1 per cent on November 2017.

5.23 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in November 2018, an increase of 0.2 per cent on November 2017.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 6.00 billion for the month, up 0.3 per cent compared with November 2017.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 1.3 per cent compared with November 2017 to a total of 7.21 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic increasing and capacity decreasing, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 82.0 per cent in November 2017 to 83.3 per cent in November 2018, the highest monthly load factor recorded since October 2009.

For the month of November 2018, Melbourne – Sydney remained Australia’s busiest RPT route with 805 760 passengers, a decrease of 3.4 per cent compared with November 2017.

In November 2018, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.38 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.24 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.49 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 42.2 thousand tonnes in November 2018, an increase of 1.9 per cent compared with November 2017.

In November 2018, there were 2.09 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 0.3 per cent higher than in November 2017.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 217.7 thousand passengers in November 2018, a decrease of 0.4 per cent on November 2017. Perth Airport accounted for 38.2 per cent of all charter passengers in Australia.

Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE Nov 2017YE Nov 2018Growth
Total passengers carried 59.86 million 61.18 million   2.2 %
Revenue passenger kilometres 69.92 billion 71.39 billion   2.1 %
Available seats 77.14 million 77.47 million   0.4 %
Available seat kilometres 88.24 billion 88.57 billion   0.4 %
Load factor 79.2 % 80.6 %   1.4*
Aircraft trips 639.2 (000s) 631.1 (000s) -1.4 %

*percentage point difference