Australia’s domestic traffic up 3.7% in January

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Australian domestic airlines, including regional carriers, have reported 3.7% year-on-year growth in passenger traffic as measured in RPKs for January.

Passenger numbers for the reporting month rose by 3.7% year on year to 4.70 million.

Capacity, as measured in ASKs, increased by 5.9% during the month and this resulted in a 1.6 percentage point decline in the passenger load factor to 76.9%.

Passenger numbers for the top two routes in January - Melbourne-Sydney and Brisbane-Sydney - were at 662,000 and 356,000 respectively. These represented year-on-year increases of 7.4% and 4.7% for the two routes respectively.

Passenger volumes on the Brisbane-Melbourne route, the third busiest, declined by 3.4% to 267,000.

Passenger numbers on the Newman-Perth route had the largest percentage increase of 55.3% to 32,900.

Domestic passenger movements at the top three Australian airports - Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane - increased by 4.8% to 2.09 million, 5.8% to 1.92 million and 0.9% to 1.34 million respectively.

For January, Sydney and Melbourne were the busiest airports in terms of cargo movements, which stood at 8,400t for both. Brisbane was third with 4,900t, down by 9.7% year on year.