Domestic aviation activity

Summary

graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 5.33 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in December 2016, an increase of 1.1 per cent on December 2015.

5.14 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in December 2016, an increase of 1.7 per cent on December 2015.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 6.11 billion for the month, up 1.7 per cent compared with December 2015.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 0.2 per cent  compared with December 2015 to a total of 7.70 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic increasing at a faster rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 78.2 per cent in December 2015 to 79.4 per cent in December 2016.

In December 2016, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.33 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.17 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.50 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 40.9 thousand tonnes in December 2016, an increase of 22.2 per cent compared to December 2015.

In December 2016 there were 2.06 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 1.3 per cent higher than in December 2015.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 188.96 thousand passengers in December 2016, a decrease of 11.6 per cent on December 2015.

Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE Dec 2015YE Dec 2016Growth
Total passengers carried   57.51 million   58.93 million     2.5 %
Revenue passenger kilometres   67.85 billion   69.33 billion     2.2 %
Available seats   76.83 million   77.30 million     0.6 %
Available seat kilometres   88.67 billion   89.06 billion     0.4 %
Load factor   76.5 %   77.8 %     1.3 *
Aircraft trips  634.5 (000s)  638.9 (000s)     0.7 %

*percentage point difference