Domestic aviation activity
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