Domestic aviation activity

Summary

Domestic RPT passenger traffic - moving annual totals
Domestic RPT passenger traffic

There were 5.35 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in January 2020, an increase of 1.1 per cent on January 2019.

5.09 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in January 2020, an increase of 0.5 per cent on January 2019.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 6.05 billion for the month, up 0.5 per cent compared with January 2019.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 3.3 per cent compared with January 2019 to a total of 7.37 billion.

The industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 78.9 per cent in January 2019 to 82.0 per cent in January 2020.

For the month of January 2020, Melbourne – Sydney remained Australia’s busiest RPT route with 742.8 thousand passengers, a decrease of 1.4 per cent compared with January 2019.

In January 2020, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.28 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.19 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.44 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 34.9 thousand tonnes in January 2020, a decrease of 7.9 per cent compared with January 2019.

In January 2020, there were 2.04 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 0.9 per cent higher than in January 2019.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 252.3 thousand passengers in January 2020, an increase of 14.0 per cent on January 2019. Perth Airport accounted for 37.7 per cent of all charter passengers in Australia.
 

Summary of annual RPT activity
  YE January 2018 YE January 2019 Growth
Total passengers carried 61.07 million 61.38 million    0.5 %
Revenue passenger kilometres 71.21 billion 71.50 billion    0.4 %
Available seats 77.34 million 77.50 million    0.2 %
Available seat kilometres 88.44 billion 88.26 billion   -0.2 %
Load factor 80.5 % 81.0 %    0.5*
Aircraft trips 629.4 (000s) 634.7 (000s)    0.8 %

*percentage point difference