Domestic aviation activity

 

Summary

graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 4.73 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in May 2015, a decrease of 1.4 per cent on May 2014.

4.53 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in May 2015, a decrease of 0.9 per cent on May 2014. For the year ending May 2015 there were 57.27 million RPT passengers, a decrease of 0.8 per cent compared with the year ending May 2014.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.27 billion for the month, down 0.6 per cent compared with May 2014.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 2.3 per cent compared with May 2014 to a total of 7.23 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic falling at a slower rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 71.6 per cent in May 2014 to 72.9 per cent in May 2015.

In May 2015, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.05 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 1.88 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.33 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 31.3 thousand tonnes in May 2015, a decrease of 5.3 per cent compared to May 2014.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 203.66 thousand passengers in May 2015, a decrease of 10.8 per cent on May 2014.

Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE May 2014YE May 2015Growth
Total passengers carried   57.73 million   57.27 million    -0.8 %
Revenue passenger kilometres   68.12 billion   67.48 billion    -0.9 %
Available seats   77.65 million   76.61 million    -1.3 %
Available seat kilometres   89.38 billion   88.31 billion    -1.2 %
Load factor   76.2 %   76.4 %     0.2 *
Aircraft trips  642.1 (000s)  640.6 (000s)    -0.2 %

*percentage point difference