Domestic aviation activity


graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 5.41 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in August 2018, an increase of 3.8 per cent on August 2017.

5.18 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in August 2018, an increase of 4.1 per cent on August 2017.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 6.05 billion for the month, up 3.4 per cent compared with August 2017.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 0.5 per cent compared with August 2017 to a total of 7.47 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic increasing and capacity decreasing, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 78.0 per cent in August 2017 to 81.1 per cent in August 2018.

For the month of August 2018, Melbourne – Sydney remained Australia’s busiest RPT route with 782 224 passengers, an increase of 3.7 per cent compared with August 2017.

In August 2018, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.33 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.16 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.51 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 39.3 thousand tonnes in August 2018, an increase of 2.1 per cent compared with August 2017.

In August 2018, there were 2.19 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 3.5 per cent higher than in August 2017.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 222.0 thousand passengers in August 2018, a decrease of 2.3 per cent on August 2017. Perth airport accounted for 37.9 per cent of all charter passengers in Australia.


Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE Aug 2017YE Aug 2018Growth
Total passengers carried   59.51 million   61.10 million     2.7 %
Revenue passenger kilometres   69.67 billion   71.23 billion     2.2 %
Available seats   77.25 million   77.52 million     0.4 %
Available seat kilometres   88.56 billion   88.60 billion     0.0 %
Load factor   78.7 %   80.4 %     1.7*
Aircraft trips  641.1 (000s)  632.9 (000s)    -1.3 %

*percentage point difference