Domestic aviation activity

Summary

Graph showing domestic passengers carried monthly
Graph showing domestic passengers carried annually

There were 5.16 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in January 2024, an increase of 7.3 per cent on January 2023.

4.80 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in January 2024, an increase of 
6.6 per cent compared to January 2023.

For the month of January 2024, there were 50.8 thousand RPT aircraft trips, up 3.8 per cent compared to January 2023.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.82 billion for the month, compared with 5.48 billion in January 2023 (up 6.2 per cent).

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased to 7.54 billion in January 2024 compared to 7.04 billion in January 2023 (up 7.1 per cent).

The industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) decreased from 77.8 per cent in January 2023 to 77.1 per cent in January 2024.

Melbourne was Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.05 million passenger movements in January 2024, followed by Sydney with 2.04 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.26 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 25.0 thousand tonnes in January 2024, a decrease of 1.3 per cent compared with January 2023.

In January 2024, there were 1.96 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, compared to 1.85 million in January 2023, an increase of 6.0 per cent.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 364.0 thousand passengers in January 2024, an increase of 16.4 per cent compared with January 2023.

Summary of annual RPT activity

  YE Jan 2023 YE Jan 2024 % Change
Total passengers carried (millions)

 52.14

  57.57

10.4

Revenue passenger kilometres (billions)

61.89

68.76

11.1

Available seats (millions)

67.21

73.57

9.5

Available seat kilometres (billions)

77.44

85.52

10.4

Load factor %

79.9

80.4

0.5*

Aircraft trips (000s) 

570.3

614.1

7.7

* percentage point difference