Domestic aviation activity

Summary

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

There were 5.00 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in November 2022, compared to 1.82 million in November 2021 and 5.5 million in pre-COVID November 2019.

For the month of November 2022, there were 49,103 aircraft trips, compared to 26,944 in November 2021 and 52,615 in pre-COVID November 2019.

4.67 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in November 2022, compared to 1.52 million reported in November 2021 and 5.26 million reported in pre-COVID November 2019.

For the year ending November 2022 there were 48.2 million RPT passengers, an increase of 107.8 per cent on the year ending November 2021 and a decrease of 21.4 per cent on the year ending November 2019.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.48 billion for the month, compared with 1.71 billion in November 2021.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased to 6.60 billion in November 2022 compared to 2.99 billion in November 2021.

The industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 57.4 per cent in November 2021 to 83.1 per cent in November 2022.

For the month of November 2022, Melbourne – Sydney was Australia’s busiest RPT route with 628,511 passengers, followed by Brisbane – Sydney with 346,035 passengers and Brisbane – Melbourne with 260,802 passengers.

Sydney was Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.00 million passenger movements in November 2022, followed by Melbourne with 1.90 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.38 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 32,054 tonnes in November 2022, a decrease of 18.8 per cent compared with November 2021.

In November 2022, there were 1.95 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, compared to 1.13 million in November 2021 and 2.11 million in pre-COVID November 2019.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 331,328 passengers in November 2022, compared to 295,600 in November 2021 and 230,422 in pre-COVID November 2019.

Summary of annual RPT activity

  YE November 2021 YE November 2022 % Change
Total passengers carried (millions) 23.18 48.17 107.8
Revenue passenger kilometres (billions) 27.21 56.30 106.9
Available seats (millions) 38.10 64.25 68.6
Available seat kilometres (billions) 44.08 72.92 65.4
Load factor % 61.7 77.2 15.5*
Aircraft trips (000s)  358.3 548.1 53.0

* percentage point difference