Domestic aviation activity

Summary

graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 4.70 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in February 2019, a decrease of 0.4 per cent on February 2018.

4.50 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in February 2019, a decrease of 0.7 per cent on February 2018. This was the third consecutive monthly decrease in the number of RPT passengers.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.07 billion for the month, down 1.2 per cent compared with February 2018.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 0.3 per cent compared with February 2018 to a total of 6.56 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic decreasing at a faster rate than capacity the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) decreased from 78.0 per cent in February 2018 to 77.3 per cent in February 2019.

For the month of February 2019, Melbourne – Sydney remained Australia’s busiest RPT route with 744 548 passengers, a decrease of 0.4 per cent compared with February 2018.

In February 2019, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.09 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 1.97 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.24 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 35.6 thousand tonnes in February 2019, a decrease of 6.3 per cent compared with February 2018.

In February 2019, there were 1.78 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 1.3 per cent lower than in February 2018.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 201.0 thousand passengers in February 2019, an increase of 6.4 per cent on February 2018. Perth Airport accounted for 38.0 per cent of all charter passengers in Australia.

 

Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE Feb 2018YE Feb 2019Growth
Total passengers carried 60.25 million 61.04 million   1.3 %
Revenue passenger kilometres 70.28 billion 71.15 billion   1.2 %
Available seats 77.26 million 77.30 million   0.1 %
Available seat kilometres 88.27 billion 88.42 billion   0.2 %
Load factor 79.6 % 80.5 %   0.9*
Aircraft trips 637.9 (000s) 629.5 (000s) -1.3 %

*percentage point difference