Australian domestic passenger numbers up nearly 2% in June

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Australian domestic airlines have reported 1.9% year-on-year growth in passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, for June.

Passenger numbers for the reporting month rose by 1.7% year on year to 4.51 million, says Australia's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics in a report.

Capacity, as measured in ASKs, increased by 5.1% while load factor decreased to 75.4%.

For the month of June, Melbourne-Sydney remained Australia's busiest route with 631,000 passengers, an increase of 2.5% year on year. It was followed by the Brisbane-Sydney route with close to 357,000 passengers, up by 4.7% and the Brisbane-Melbourne route with 247,000 passengers, up by 0.7%.

The greatest percentage increase in passenger numbers was on the Melbourne-Sunshine Coast route (up 39%). There were large increases on a number of other routes, including Newman-Perth (up 29%), Ballina-Sydney (up 28%), Coffs Harbour-Sydney (up almost 20%) and Brisbane-Gladstone (up 14%).

Routes that recorded traffic decreases included Ayers Rock-Sydney (down 16%), Perth-Port Headland (down almost 14%), Geraldton-Perth (down nearly 12%) and Brisbane-Mackay (down almost 12%).

For June, Sydney remained Australia's busiest domestic airport with 1.97 million passenger movements, followed by Melbourne and Brisbane with 1.76 million and 1.37 million passenger movements respectively.

Total cargo movements at the Australian airports on domestic flights were 33,200t in June, a decrease of 5% year on year.

Sydney was the busiest airport in terms of cargo movements with 9,100t, followed by Melbourne with 8,700t and Brisbane with 5,200t.