Domestic aviation activity


Domestic RPT passenger traffic - moving annual totals
Monthly Domestic Passengers - June 2020

Travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak have resulted in severe disruptions to domestic air travel since April 2020.

There were 631.3 thousand passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in June 2020, a decrease of 87.2 per cent on June 2019.

379.2 thousand passengers were carried on RPT flights in June 2020, a decrease of 91.9 per cent on June 2019.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 370.0 million for the month, down 93.3 per cent compared with June 2019.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 90.1 per cent compared with June 2019 to a total of 694.5 million.

The industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) decreased from 78.3 per cent in June 2019 to 53.3 per cent in June 2020.

In June 2020, all published routes recorded significant decreases in the number of passengers carried compared with June 2019.

For the month of June 2020, Melbourne– Sydney remained Australia's busiest RPT route with 59.3 thousand passengers, a decrease of 91.6 per cent compared with June 2019.

Brisbane was Australia's busiest domestic airport with 147.4 thousand passenger movements in June 2020 (down 89.3 per cent), followed by Sydney with 140.2 thousand passenger movements (down 93.3 per cent) and Melbourne with 122.8 thousand passenger movements (down 93.7 per cent).

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 30.5 thousand tonnes in June 2020, a decrease of 16.4 per cent compared with June 2019.

In June 2020, there were 241.0 thousand domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 87.8 per cent less than in June 2019.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 252.0 thousand passengers in June 2020, an increase of 20.8 per cent on June 2019. Perth Airport accounted for 37.4 per cent of all charter passengers in Australia.

Summary of annual RPT activity

  YE June 2019 YE June 2020 Growth
Total passengers carried 60.98 million 45.24 million -25.8 %
Revenue passenger kilometres 71.08 billion 52.80 billion -25.7 %
Available seats 77.52 million 58.46 million -24.6 %
Available seat kilometres 88.53 billion 66.61 billion -24.8 %
Load factor 80.3 % 79.3%  -1.0*
Aircraft trips 634.1 (000s) 491.9 (000s) -22.4 %

*percentage point difference