Domestic aviation activity
There were 5.14 million passengers carried on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in December 2014, a decrease of 0.9 per cent on December 2013. For the month of December 2014 there were 57 992 aircraft trips, an increase of 0.5 per cent compared with December 2013.
4.93 million passengers were carried on RPT flights in December 2014, a decrease of 1.0 per cent on December 2013. For the year ending December 2014 there were 57.52 million passengers, virtually the same as in the year ending December 2013.
RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 5.85 billion for the month, down 0.9 per cent compared with December 2013. Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased 0.8 per cent compared with December 2013 to a total of 7.57 billion.
With RPT passenger traffic falling at a faster rate than capacity, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) decreased from 77.4 per cent in December 2013 to 77.3 per cent in December 2014.
In December 2014, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2.20 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 2.03 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.46 million passenger movements.
Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic RPT flights were 32.1 thousand tonnes in December 2014, a decrease of 14.3 per cent compared to December 2013.
Fixed-wing charter operators carried over 214 thousand passengers in December 2014, an increase of 1.9 per cent on December 2013.
|Summary of annual RPT activity|
|YE Dec 2013||YE Dec 2014||Growth|
|Total passengers carried||57.54 million||57.52 million||0.0 %|
|Revenue passenger kilometres||67.74 billion||67.86 billion||0.2 %|
|Available seats||77.43 million||77.08 million||-0.4 %|
|Available seat kilometres||88.53 billion||88.97 billion||0.5 %|
|Load factor||76.5 %||76.3 %||-0.2 *|
|Aircraft trips||644.5 (000s)||641.3 (000s)||-0.5 %|
*percentage point difference