Australian domestic aviation activity for Feb-2018: 4% traffic growth overall, fuelled by strong performance by major trunk routes

Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics released its domestic aviation activity report for Feb-2018 highlighting Australian domestic traffic was up 4%, while capacity only grew by 0.3%.

Key highlights include:

  • Domestic traffic: 4,720,000 million passengers (including charter operations), +3.9% year-on-year;
  • Regular public transport (RPT) traffic: 4,530,000, +4.1%;
  • RPT revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs): 5.1 billion, +4%;
  • RPT available seat kilometres (ASKs): 6.6 billion, +0.3%;
  • Industry wide load factor: 78.0%, +3.7 ppts;
  • Aircraft movements: 52,067, -0.9%;
  • Load factors on individual routes increased on 42 of the 64 RPT routes for which data is available.

Strong growth on major domestic trunk routes

Australia’s major domestic routes assisted with the impressive traffic growth. These included:

  • Melbourne-Sydney: 747,784 passengers, up 4.8% year-on-year;
  • Brisbane-Sydney: 365,386 passengers, +4.5%;
  • Brisbane-Melbourne: 249,342 passengers, +3.7%.
  • Largest increases by RPT route:
    • Broome-Perth: +38.6%;
    • Brisbane-Proserpine: +34.8%;
    • Melbourne-Sunshine Coast: +21.0%;
    • Geraldton-Perth: +16.7%;
    • Darwin-Perth: +16.3%.
  • Largest decreases by RPT route:
    • Brisbane-Emerald: -14.5%;
    • Brisbane-Hamilton Island: -13.4%;
    • Alice Springs-Darwin: -11.6%;
    • Brisbane-Rockhampton: -10.8%.

To delve further into the data, explore our interactive graphs below: