Domestic aviation activity
There were 5.28 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in March 2019, a decrease of 2.8 per cent on March 2018.
5.06 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in March 2019, a decrease of 3.1 per cent on March 2018.
RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.73 billion for the month, down 3.6 per cent compared with March 2018.
Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased by 1.5 per cent compared with March 2018 to a total of 7.27 billion.
With RPT passenger traffic decreasing at a faster rate than capacity the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) decreased from 80.4 per cent in March 2018 to 78.7 per cent in March 2019.
For the month of March 2019, Melbourne – Sydney remained Australia’s busiest RPT route with 816 417 passengers, a decrease of 1.8 per cent compared with March 2018.
In March 2019, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.33 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.19 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.43 million passenger movements.
Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 38.2 thousand tonnes in March 2019, a decrease of 6.5 per cent compared with March 2018.
In March 2019, there were 2.00 million domestic passenger movements through regional airports, 4.8 per cent lower than in March 2018.
Fixed-wing charter operators carried 210.8 thousand passengers in March 2019, an increase of 3.0 per cent on March 2018. Perth Airport accounted for 38.4 per cent of all charter passengers in Australia.
|Summary of annual RPT activity|
|YE Mar 2018||YE Mar 2019||Growth|
|Total passengers carried||60.47 million||60.88 million||0.7 %|
|Revenue passenger kilometres||70.53 billion||70.94 billion||0.6 %|
|Available seats||77.35 million||77.20 million||-0.2 %|
|Available seat kilometres||88.31 billion||88.31 billion||0.0 %|
|Load factor||79.9 %||80.3 %||0.5*|
|Aircraft trips||636.9 (000s)||629.4 (000s)||-1.2 %|
*percentage point difference