Domestic aviation activity

Summary

graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 4.96 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in May 2017, an increase of 1.8 per cent on May 2016.

4.74 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in May 2017, an increase of 1.6 per cent on May 2016.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.44 billion for the month, up 0.7 per cent compared with May 2016.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 0.3 per cent compared with May 2016 to a total of 7.05 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 May 2016 to 77.1 per cent in May 2017.

In May 2017, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.18 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 1.98 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.38 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 40.4 thousand tonnes in May 2017, an increase of 14.5 per cent compared to May 2016.

In May 2017 there were 1.93 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 0.3 per cent higher than in May 2016.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 218.66 thousand passengers in May 2017, an increase of 7.5 per cent on May 2016.

 

Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE May 2016YE May 2017Growth
Total passengers carried   58.26 million   59.17 million     1.6 %
Revenue passenger kilometres   68.67 billion   69.45 billion     1.1 %
Available seats   77.33 million   77.07 million    -0.3 %
Available seat kilometres   89.12 billion   88.60 billion    -0.6 %
Load factor   77.1 %   78.4 %     1.3 *
Aircraft trips  637.9 (000s)  636.4 (000s)    -0.2 %

*percentage point difference