Domestic aviation activity

Summary

Domestic RPT passenger traffic (monthly)
Domestic RPT passenger traffic (annual)

There were 4.84 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in June 2022, compared to 2.63 million in June 2021 and 4.92 million in pre-COVID June 2019. 

4.53 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in June 2022, compared to 2.35 million reported in June 2021 and 4.71 million reported in pre-COVID June 2019.

For the year ending June 2022 there were 30.4 million RPT passengers, an increase of 40.8 per cent on the year ending June 2021 and a decrease of 50.2 per cent on the year ending June 2019.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.45 billion for the month, compared with 2.90 billion in June 2021.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased to 6.82 billion in June 2022 compared to 4.63 billion in June 2021.

The industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 62.8 per cent in June 2021 to 79.9 per cent in June 2022.

For the month of June 2022, Melbourne – Sydney was Australia’s busiest RPT route with 603.9 thousand passengers, followed by Brisbane – Sydney with 330.8 thousand passengers and Brisbane – Melbourne with 247.3 thousand passengers.

Sydney was Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 1.88 million passenger movements in June 2022, followed by Melbourne with 1.84 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.31 million passengers.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 29.4 thousand tonnes in June 2022, a decrease of 18.6 per cent compared with June 2021.

In June 2022, there were 2.02 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, compared to 1.48 million in June 2021 and 1.98 million in pre-COVID June 2019.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 317.6 thousand passengers in June 2022, compared to 279.5 thousand in June 2021 and 208.6 in pre-COVID June 2019.

Summary of annual RPT activity

  YE June 2021 YE June 2022 % Change
Total passengers carried (millions) 21.56 30.36 40.8
Revenue passenger kilometres (billions) 24.76 34.89 40.9
Available seats (millions) 34.19 46.26 35.3
Available seat kilometres (billions) 38.60 52.38 35.7
Load factor % 64.1 66.6 2.5*
Aircraft trips (000s)  326.6 419.1 28.3

* percentage point difference