Domestic aviation activity

Summary

Domestic RPT passenger traffic - moving annual totals - August 2021
Monthly Domestic Passengers - August 2021

There were 1.02 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in August 2021, compared to 0.85 million in August 2020 and 5.43 million in August 2019.

729.3 thousand passengers were carried on RPT flights in August 2021, compared to 579.8 thousand reported in August 2020 and 5.20 million reported in August 2019.

For the year ending August 2021 there were 22.31 million RPT passengers, a decrease of 37.9 per cent on the year ending August 2020 and a decrease of 63.4 per cent on the year ending August 2019.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 0.90 billion for the month, compared with 0.65 billion in August 2020.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased to 1.61 billion in August 2021 compared to 1.10 billion in August 2020.

The industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) decreased from 51.7 per cent in August 2020 to 45.6 per cent in August 2021.

For the month of August 2021, Brisbane – Cairns was Australia’s busiest RPT route with 44.5 thousand passengers.

Perth was Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 269.2 thousand passenger movements in August 2021.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 30.6 thousand tonnes in August 2021, an increase of 7.1 per cent compared with August 2020.

In August 2021, there were 754.6 thousand domestic passenger movements through regional airports, compared to 543.9 thousand in August 2020 and 2.18 million in August 2019.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 289.5 thousand passengers in August 2021, an increase of 8.4 per cent on August 2020. Perth Airport accounted for 38.5 per cent of all charter passengers in Australia.

Summary of annual RPT activity

  YE August 2020 YE August 2021 Growth
Total passengers carried 35.90 million 22.31 million -37.9 %
Revenue passenger kilometres 41.58 billion 25.93 billion -37.6 %
Available seats 47.42 million 36.21 million -23.6 %
Available seat kilometres 53.81 billion 41.37 billion -23.1 %
Load factor 77.3% 62.7% -14.6 *
Aircraft trips 411.6 (000s) 343.8 (000s) -16.5 %

*percentage point difference