Australian domestic passenger traffic up 7% in 2010/11

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Australian domestic airlines posted an increase of 7% in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) for the year ending June 2011.

Capacity, as measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), rose by 8.2%. Load factor decreased from 79.5% to 78.7% in 2011.

Melbourne-Sydney remained Australia's busiest route with 7.91 million passengers, an increase of 3.5%, followed by Brisbane-Sydney with 4.45 million passengers, up by 2.7% and Brisbane-Melbourne route grew by 11.3% to 3.11 million passengers.

The greatest percentage increase in passenger traffic compared with the last year was on the Cairns-Melbourne route, an increase of 30.2%.

Overall domestic passenger throughput in Australian airports increased by 5.8% to 109.5 million during the year.

Passenger movements at Sydney airport rose by 4% to 24.6 million, followed by Melbourne airport with 22 million passenger movements, an increase of 6.3%. Brisbane airport's passenger movements grew by 6.1% to 15.8 million, while Perth airport recorded a 9.1% increase in passenger movements to 7.65 million.

Total cargo movement at Australian airports reached 504,000t for the year ending June 2011, an increase of 6.6% compared with the previous year.

Sydney airport's cargo movement decreased by 1% to 135,000t, followed by Melbourne airport with 128,000t, down by 1.5%. Brisbane airport's cargo movement rose by 5.3% to 82,000t.