Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics

Domestic aviation activity


graph of annual domestic passengers

graph of monthly domestic passengers

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