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Domestic traffic halved


TRAVEL restrictio­ns due to Australia’s COVID-19 outbreaks have resulted in severe disruption­s to domestic travel since Apr 2020, according to the annual domestic aviation report released this week by the Bureau of Infrastruc­ture and Transport Research Economics (BITRE).

There were just under 25 million passengers carried on domestic commercial aviation in Australia over the 12 months to Jun 2021, a year-on-year decline of 48%.

The industry-wide load factor decreased from 79.3% in the year ending Jun 2020 to 64.1%, with the strongest loads recorded on the Brisbane-Proserpine route at 77.3%, while the lowest average load factor was 46.2%, on flights between Newman and Perth.

Load factors on individual routes declined on 34 out of the 35 published routes for which data is available in both 2021 and 2020.

Interestin­gly Melbourne-Sydney remained Australia’s busiest route with 1.73 million passengers - but that was still a massive decline of 73.8% year-on-year.

The second busiest route was Brisbane-Sydney with 1.24 million passengers, down 65%, followed by Brisbane-Cairns with 942,200 passengers, a decline of just 1.5%.

For the year to 30 Jun Brisbane was Australia’s busiest domestic airport, with 7.31 million passenger movements, followed closely by Sydney with 7.26m.

Melbourne recorded 5.89 million domestic passengers, a drop of 69% versus 2019/20.

Regional airports also saw significan­t declines over the year, with a total of 13 million passengers, down 30.4%.

The report also collates charter operations, with Perth Airport accounting for a hefty 37.7% of all charter passengers in Australia due to FIFO operations in the state’s resources sector.

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