Domestic aviation activity
There were 5.04 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in March 2015, an increase of 0.7 per cent on March 2014. For the month of March 2015 there were 58 988 aircraft trips, an increase of 1.4 per cent compared with March 2014.
4.83 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in March 2015, an increase of 0.8 per cent on March 2014. For the year ending March 2015 there were 57.35 million RPT passengers, a decrease of 0.7 per cent compared with the year ending March 2014.
RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.56 billion for the month, up 0.5 per cent compared with March 2014. Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 1.0 per cent compared with March 2014 to a total of 7.32 billion.
With RPT passenger traffic increasing and capacity falling, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 74.8 per cent in March 2014 to 75.9 per cent in March 2015.
In March 2015, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.21 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.06 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.39 million passenger movements.
Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 30.4 thousand tonnes in March 2015, a decrease of 3.9 per cent compared to March 2014.
Fixed-wing charter operators carried 210 thousand passengers in March 2015, a decrease of 2.5 per cent on March 2014.
|Summary of annual RPT activity|
|YE Mar 2014||YE Mar 2015||Growth|
|Total passengers carried||57.74 million||57.35 million||-0.7 %|
|Revenue passenger kilometres||68.05 billion||67.61 billion||-0.7 %|
|Available seats||77.59 million||76.88 million||-0.9 %|
|Available seat kilometres||89.06 billion||88.67 billion||0.4 %|
|Load factor||76.5 %||76.2 %||-0.2 *|
|Aircraft trips||644.5 (000s)||642.2 (000s)||-0.4 %|
*percentage point difference