Australia’s domestic traffic up 7% in November

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Australian domestic airlines, including regional carriers, have reported 7% year-on-year growth in passenger traffic as measured in RPKs for November 2012.

Passenger numbers for the reporting month rose by 7.1% year on year to 4.97 million.

Capacity as measured in ASKs during the month grew by 9.2% and this resulted in a 1.7 percentage point decline in the carrier's passenger load factor to 80%.

Passenger numbers for the top three routes in November 2012 - Melbourne-Sydney, Brisbane-Sydney and Brisbane-Melbourne - in terms of passenger volumes were 734,000, 384,000 and 284,000 respectively.

This represented year-on-year increases of 11%, 3% and 6.1% in passenger numbers on these three routes respectively.

Passenger numbers on the Cairns-Melbourne route had the greatest percentage increase, rising by 46% year on year to 52,600.

Domestic passenger movements at the top three Australian airports - Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane - increased by 7.4% to 2.22 million, by 11.3% to 2.01 million and by 4.6% to 1.45 million respectively.

In terms of cargo movements, Sydney was the busiest airport with 10,900t, down by 7.8% year on year, followed by Melbourne, which was the second busiest, with cargo movements down by 5.2% year on year to 10,200t. Brisbane was third with 6,100t, down by 16.1% year on year.