Domestic aviation activity

Summary

graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 5.15 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in January 2017, an increase of 2.8 per cent on January 2016.

4.96 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in January 2017, an increase of 2.8 per cent on January 2016.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.96 billion for the month, up 2.7 per cent compared with January 2016.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 0.1 per cent compared with January 2016 to a total of 7.53 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic increasing and capacity decreasing, the industry wide load factor  (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 77.0 per cent in January 2016 to 79.2 per cent in January 2017.

In January 2017, Sydney remained Australia's busiest domestic airport with 2.26 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.13 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.39 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 33.6 thousand tonnes in January 2017, an increase of 10.8 per cent compared to January 2016.

In January 2017 there were 1.99 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 4.0 per cent higher than in January 2016.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 195.56 thousand passengers in January 2017, an increase of 1.0 per cent on January 2016.

Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE Jan 2015YE Jan 2016Growth
Total passengers carried   57.66 million   59.07 million     2.4 %
Revenue passenger kilometres   68.04 billion   69.49 billion     2.1 %
Available seats   76.91 million   77.32 million     0.5 %
Available seat kilometres   88.79 billion   89.05 billion     0.3 %
Load factor   76.6 %   78.0 %     1.4 *
Aircraft trips  634.6 (000s)  639.2 (000s)     0.7 %

*percentage point difference