Domestic aviation activity

Summary

Moving Annual Domestic Passengers
Monthly Domestic Passengers

There were 5.48 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in December 2019, an increase of 2.9 per cent on December 2018.

5.26 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in December 2019, an increase of 2.2 per cent on December 2018.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 6.20 billion for the month, up 2.1 per cent compared with December 2018.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 0.2 per cent compared with December 2018 to a total of 7.51 billion.

The industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 80.6 per cent in December 2018 to 82.5 per cent in December 2019

For the month of December 2019, Melbourne – Sydney remained Australia’s busiest RPT route with 756.7 thousand passengers, an increase of 1.3 per cent compared with December 2018.

In December 2019, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.35 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.24 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.52 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 41.2 thousand tonnes in December 2019, an increase of 0.9 per cent compared with December 2018.

In December 2019, there were 2.10 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 1.6 per cent higher than in December 2018.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 229.5 thousand passengers in December 2019, an increase of 22.9 per cent on December 2018. Perth Airport accounted for 37.8 per cent of all charter passengers in Australia.

Summary of annual RPT activity

  YE December 2018 YE December 2019 Growth
Total passengers carried 61.08 million 61.36 million    0.5 %
Revenue passenger kilometres 71.26 billion 71.48 billion    0.3 %
Available seats 77.33 million 77.69 million    0.5 %
Available seat kilometres 88.44 billion 88.51 billion    0.1 %
Load factor 80.6 % 80.8 %    0.2*
Aircraft trips 629.5 (000s) 636.0 (000s)    1.0 %

*percentage point difference