Australian domestic passenger numbers up by 4% in April

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Australian domestic airlines have reported 4% year-on-year growth in passenger traffic as measured in RPKs for April.

Passenger numbers for the reporting month rose by 4.1% year on year to 4.8 million.

Capacity, as measured in ASKs, increased by 6.1% for the month, while load factor decreased by 1.6% year on year to 76%.

For the month of April, Melbourne-Sydney remained Australia's busiest route with 670,000 passengers, an increase of 3.9% year on year. It was followed by the Brisbane-Sydney route with 360,000 passengers, up by 1.2%, and the Brisbane-Melbourne route with 250,000 passengers, down by 5.4%.

The greatest percentage increase in passenger numbers was on the Newman-Perth route which rose by 55.4%. There were large increases on a number of other routes, including Launceston-Sydney (up by 41.1%), Melbourne-Sunshine Coast (up by 23.3%), Hobart-Sydney (up by 22.6%), and Adelaide-Gold Coast (up by 19.9%).

Routes that recorded traffic decreases included Cairns-Townsville (down by 8.4%), Brisbane-Mackay (down by 7.9%) and Ayers Rock-Sydney (down by 7.4%).

In April, Sydney remained Australia's busiest domestic airport with 2.12 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne and Brisbane with 1.89 million and 1.37 million passenger movements respectively.

Total cargo movements at the Australian airports on domestic flights were 32,200t in April, a decrease of 9.3% year on year.

Sydney was the busiest airport in terms of cargo movements with 9,000t, followed by Melbourne which saw 8,600t and Brisbane with 5,100t.