Australian domestic passenger numbers up by 1% in May

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Australian domestic airlines have reported 1.4% year-on-year growth in passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, for May.

Passenger numbers for the reporting month rose by 1% year on year to 4.58 million, says Australia's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics in a report.

Capacity, as measured in ASKs, increased by 5.5%, while load factor decreased by 2.9 percentage points year on year to 73.4%.

For the month of May, Melbourne-Sydney remained Australia's busiest route with close to 673,000 passengers, an increase of 3.4% year on year. It was followed by the Brisbane-Sydney route with 354,000 passengers, up by 1.6%, and the Brisbane-Melbourne route with 249,000 passengers, down by 1.2%.

The greatest percentage increase in passenger numbers was on the Newman-Perth route which rose by 35.2%. There were large increases on a number of other routes, including Melbourne-Sunshine Coast (up by 19.1%), Launceston-Sydney (up by 15.5%), Coffs Harbour-Sydney (up by 15.4%) and Ballina-Sydney (up by 13.8%).

Routes that recorded traffic decreases included Brisbane-Mackay (down by 15.1%), Geraldton-Perth (down by 12.5%), Perth-Port Headland (down by 11.7%) and Ayers Rock-Sydney (down by 10%).

In May, Sydney remained Australia's busiest domestic airport with 2.02 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne and Brisbane with 1.80 million and 1.35 million passenger movements respectively.

Total cargo movements at the Australian airports on domestic flights were 36,100t in May, a decrease of 10.6% year on year.

Sydney was the busiest airport in terms of cargo movements with 9,900t, followed by Melbourne which saw 9,700t and Brisbane with 5,900t.