Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics

Domestic aviation activity

Summary

graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

There were 4.87 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in January 2015, a decrease of 3.9 per cent on January 2014. For the month of January 2015 there were 55 418 aircraft trips, a decrease of 2.4 per cent compared with January 2014.

4.67 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in January 2015, a decrease of 3.6 per cent on January 2014. For the year ending January 2015 there were 57.34 million passengers, a decrease of 0.6 per cent compared with the year ending January 2014.

RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.62 billion for the month, down 3.8 per cent compared with January 2014. Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased 2.4 per cent compared with January 2014 to a total of 7.43 billion.

With RPT passenger traffic falling at a faster rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) decreased from 76.7 per cent in January 2014 to 75.6 per cent in January 2015.

In January 2015, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.10 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 1.97 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.32 million passenger movements.

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 27.6 thousand tonnes in January 2015, a decrease of 11.1 per cent compared to January 2014.

Fixed-wing charter operators carried over 203 thousand passengers in January 2015, a decrease of 10.4 per cent on January 2014.

Summary of annual RPT activity
YE Jan 2014 YE Jan 2015 Growth
Total passengers carried   57.68 million   57.34 million    -0.6 %
Revenue passenger kilometres   67.95 billion   67.64 billion    -0.5 %
Available seats   77.59 million   76.94 million    -0.8%
Available seat kilometres   88.82 billion   88.79 billion     0.0 %
Load factor   76.5 %   76.2 %    -0.3 *
Aircraft trips  644.9 (000s)  640.8 (000s)    -0.6 %

*percentage point difference