Domestic aviation activity

Summary

graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 4.97 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in April 2015, a decrease of 1.1 per cent on April 2014. For the month of April 2015 there were 57 517 aircraft trips, a decrease of 0.4 per cent compared with April 2014.

4.76 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in April 2015, a decrease of 0.8 per cent on April 2014. For the year ending April 2015 there were 57.31 million RPT passengers, a decrease of 0.8 per cent compared with the year ending April 2014.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.64 billion for the month, down 1.6 per cent compared with April 2014. Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 2.4 per cent compared with April 2014 to a total of 7.42 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic falling at a slower rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 75.5 per cent in April 2014 to 76.1 per cent in April 2015.

In April 2015, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.12 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 1.97 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.39 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 29.8 thousand tonnes in April 2015, a decrease of 3.9 per cent compared to April 2014.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried almost 210 thousand passengers in April 2015, a decrease of 8.1 per cent on April 2014.

Summary of annual RPT activity
YE Apr 2014 YE Apr 2015 Growth
Total passengers carried   57.74 million   57.31 million    -0.8 %
Revenue passenger kilometres   68.14 billion   67.51 billion    -0.9 %
Available seats   77.61 million   76.76 million    -1.1 %
Available seat kilometres   89.24 billion   88.48 billion    -0.8 %
Load factor   76.4 %   76.3 %    -0.1 *
Aircraft trips  643.5 (000s)  642.8 (000s)    -0.1 %

*percentage point difference