OVER five million passengers travelled on Australia’s domestic flight network throughout the month of November 2022, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics (BITRE).
Although the number is much higher than the 2021 equivalent, which was 1.82 million, it is still lagging behind the pre-COVID level, which was 5.5 million in November 2019.
Similarly, there were 49,103 domestic aircraft trips in November 2022, compared to 26,944 in November 2021 and 52,615 in pre-COVID November 2019.
Capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASKs), saw a huge increase from November 2021 to November 2022, ballooning from 2.99 billion to 6.60 billion.
Sydney was Australia’s busiest domestic airport with 2 million passenger movements in November 2022, followed by Melbourne with 1.90 million passenger movements and Brisbane with 1.38 million passenger movements.
A total of 628,511 passengers flew from Melbourne to Sydney, making it the busiest route for November 2022, followed by Brisbane – Sydney with 346,035 passengers and Brisbane – Melbourne with 260,802 passengers.
Regional airports recorded 1.95 million domestic passenger movements in November 2022, still a fair way behind the pre-COVID number of 2.11 million in November 2019.