Domestic aviation activity

Summary
 

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

There were 2.69 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in February 2022, compared to 1.87 million in February 2021 and 4.60 million in February 2020. 

2.44 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in February 2022, compared to 1.62 million reported in February 2021 and 4.37 million reported in February 2020.

For the year ending February 2022 there were 25.23 million RPT passengers, an increase of 90.4 per cent on the year ending February 2021 and a decrease of 58.8 per cent on the year ending February 2020.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 2.50 billion for the month, compared with 1.72 billion in February 2021.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased to 3.65 billion in February 2022 compared to 2.92 billion in February 2021.

The industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 58.9 per cent in February 2021 to 68.4 per cent in February 2022.

For the month of February 2022, Melbourne – Sydney was Australia’s busiest RPT route with 328.0 thousand passengers, followed by Brisbane – Sydney with 181.9 thousand passengers and Brisbane – Melbourne with 144.7 thousand passengers.

Sydney and Melbourne were Australia’s busiest domestic airports with 1.01 million passenger movements in February 2022, followed by Brisbane with 708.2 thousand passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 36.2 thousand tonnes in February 2022, an increase of 17.7 per cent compared with February 2021.

In February 2022, there were 1.14 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, compared to 960.8 million in February 2021 and 1.73 million in February 2020.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 259.8 thousand passengers in February 2022, an increase of 6.5 per cent on February 2021. Perth Airport accounted for 37.4 per cent of all charter passengers in Australia

Summary of annual RPT activity

  YE Feb 2021 YE Feb 2022 % Change 
Total passengers carried (millions)  13.26  25.23 90.4
Revenue passenger kilometres (billions)  15.07  28.80 91.1
Available seats (millions)  22.51  41.57 84.7
Available seat kilometres (billions)  25.27  46.92 85.7
Load factor % 59.7 61.4 1.7*
Aircraft trips (000s)   236.1  380.0 61.0

* percentage point difference