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September 21, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A report released yesterday by Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) shows the country’s fastest growing air routes, and those on which passenger numbers are declining.

In the most recent financial year (ended 30 June 2017) the greatest percentage increase in scheduled domestic passenger numbers (compared to the year ending June 2016) was on the Ayers Rock (Uluru)-Sydney route (up 11.4%).

Several other routes recorded healthy increases, including Sydney-Tamworth (up 9.4%), Sunshine Coast-Sydney and Hobart-Sydney (up 8.7%) and Canberra-Melbourne (up 7.8%).

Scheduled domestic routes on which traffic decreased in the year ending June 2017, compared with the year ending June 2016, included Brisbane-Gladstone (down 17.6%), Karratha-Perth (down 16%), Newman-Perth (down 8.4%) and Hamilton Island-Sydney (down 6.3%).

In the year ending June 2017, Sydney remained Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 27 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne with 25 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 17 million passenger movements.http://travelindustryexpo.com.au/?utm_source=Global%20Travel%20Media&utm_medium=Banners

An impressive number of passengers, 61.65 million, travelled on Australian domestic commercial aviation (including charter operations) in the year ending June 2017, an increase of 1.2% compared with the year ending June 2016.

In the year ending June 2017 there were 681,000 aircraft trips, a decrease of 0.5% compared to the previous year. Some 59.26 million passengers were carried on scheduled domestic flights in the year ending June 2017, growth of 1.5% compared with the year ending June 2016.

Scheduled domestic revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) performed were 69.47 billion in the year, up 0.9% on the year ending June 2016. Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), decreased 0.3% compared with the year ending June 2016, to a total of 88.65 billion.

With scheduled domestic passenger traffic increasing and capacity decreasing, the industry wide load factor (RPKs/ASKs) increased from 77.4% in the year ending June 2016 to 78.4% cent in the year ending June 2017. Load factors on individual routes increased on 41 of the 65 scheduled domestic routes for which data is available in both years.

In the year ending June 2017, Melbourne-Sydney remained Australia’s busiest scheduled domestic route with 8.97 million passengers, an increase of 2% compared with the year ending June 2016. It was followed by Brisbane-Sydney with 4.70 million passengers (up 1.9%) and Brisbane-Melbourne with 3.50 million passengers (up 1.8%).

In the year ending June 2017, the number of domestic aviation passengers travelling through regional airports was 24.17 million, 1.3% higher than for the year ending June 2016. Out of the top 50 regional airports, the strongest growth was at Wellcamp airport (up 57.6% on year ending June 2016), while the largest decrease was at Roma airport (down 22.2% on year ending June 2016).

Edited by Peter Needham

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