BITRE: Australian domestic traffic up 1.7% in Jul-2017, stronger growth on trunk routes

Australia‘s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) released the Jun-2017 Australian domestic aviation activity report. Highlights include:

Passengers:

  • 9 million, +1.7% year-on-year;
  • Scheduled passengers: 4.7 million, +1.8%;
  • Passengers (12 months to Jun-2017): 59.3 million, +1.5%.

Key statistics:

  • Aircraft movements: 55,334: +0.8%;
  • Revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs): 5.46 billion, +0.4%;
  • Available seat kilometres (ASKs): 7.05 billion, +0.6%.
  • Load factor: 77.4%, -0.2 ppts.
    • Load factors on individual regular public transport (RPT) routes decreased on 29 of the 65 routes with data available for publishing.

Busiest routes:

  • Melbourne–Sydney remained Australia’s busiest RPT route with 721,462 passengers, +4.5%.
  • Brisbane-Sydney with 382,389 passengers (+2.9%); and
  • Brisbane–Melbourne with 279,450 passengers (+0.9%);

Routes with traffic decreases:

  • Hamilton Island-Sydney (-40.6%);
  • Brisbane-Gladstone (-19.9%);
  • Cairns-Melbourne (-9.5%): and
  • Newman-Perth (-8.8%).

RPT passenger numbers increases:

  • Brisbane–Proserpine (+19.9%);
  • Canberra-Melbourne (+14.7%):
  • Darwin-Perth (+10.2%); and
  • Sunshine Coast-Sydney (+10.0%).

Domestic RPT passenger traffic (moving annual totals)

RPT Network utilisation (moving annual totals)

Source: BITRE

Regional airport traffic almost flat

Regional airports suffered in the month with 1,950,000 domestic passenger movements, an increase of just 0.1% year-on-year.

Out of the top 50 regional airports, the strongest growth was at Orange Airport (+40.5%), while the largest decrease was at Hamilton Island Airport (-33.5%).

Fixed-wing charter operators carried 205,700 passengers, down 0.3%. Perth airport accounted for 38.0% of all charter passengers in Australia.

Domestic cargo traffic

Total cargo movements at Australian airports on domestic regular public transport (RPT) flights were 36.4 thousand tonnes in Jun-2017, up 6.3% year-on-year.

Source: BITRE