Domestic aviation activity

Summary

graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 5.43 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in August 2019, an increase of 0.4 per cent on August 2018.

5.19 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in August 2019, an increase of 0.2 per cent on August 2018.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 6.09 billion for the month, up 0.6 per cent compared with August 2018.

Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 1.1 per cent compared with August 2018 to a total of 7.39 billion.

The industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 81.1 per cent in August 2018 to 82.5 per cent in August 2019.

For the month of August 2019, Melbourne – Sydney remained Australia’s busiest RPT route with 769.5 thousand passengers, a decrease of 1.6 per cent compared with August 2018.

In August 2019, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.30 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.17 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.53 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 38.0 thousand tonnes in August 2019, a decrease of 8.5 per cent compared with August 2018.

In August 2019, there were 2.18 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 0.4 per cent lower than in August 2018.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 236.4 thousand passengers in August 2019, an increase of 6.6 per cent on August 2018. Perth Airport accounted for 38.9 per cent of all charter passengers in Australia.

 

Summary of annual RPT activity
 YE August 2018YE August 2019Growth
Total passengers carried 61.09 million 60.97 million   -0.2 %
Revenue passenger kilometres 71.23 billion 71.13 billion   -0.1 %
Available seats 77.50 million 77.56 million    0.1 %
Available seat kilometres 88.59 billion 88.53 billion   -0.1 %
Load factor 80.4 % 80.3 %   -0.1*
Aircraft trips 632.2 (000s) 634.6 (000s)    0.4 %

*percentage point difference