New data from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics shows that passenger load factors on domestic services increased during October, despite a marginal decrease in passenger numbers.
For the month, network-wide load factor increased by 1.9 percentage points to 83.5 per cent compared to the same time last year, while passenger numbers decreased by 0.3 per cent to 4.58 million. Capacity in available seat kilometres was down by 2.7 per cent.
By route, Adelaide-Gold Coast saw the biggest increase in passenger traffic, up 35 per cent, followed by Cairns-Townsville (up 22.7 per cent), Karratha-Perth (up 19.5 per cent), Adelaide-Canberra (up 12.1 per cent) and Port Macquarie-Sydney (up 10.4 per cent). The biggest decrease was felt on Cairns-Melbourne, which was down 33 per cent, followed by Maroochydore-Sydney (down 20 per cent), Kalgoorlie-Perth (down 18.4 per cent) and Adelaide-Melbourne (down 10.1 per cent).