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More than 50 million travellers flew domestically in 2022


Government stats on domestic aviation for the full year have been released today.

More than 50 million travellers flew domestically in 2022.

Domestic aviation soared 79% higher for 2022 compared to the full year of 2021 when lockdowns and border restrictions were still in place, according to new data released today.

In all, 50.2 million passengers took domestic flights in 2022 or basically two per person on average, up 113% on the previous year but down 18.2% prior to the pandemic in 2019. Loads also climbed significantly from 55.8% seen in December 2021 to 79.9%.

For the month of December 2022, 4.56 million passengers took to the skies within Australia, nearly double that from the 2.55 million recorded in the same month a year earlier. The result was still down on the 5.26 million flown in the month closing out 2019.

The highest loads seen in Australia were on the Perth to Sydney route, which averaged out at 91.8% for December 2022.

In terms of pure traffic numbers, the east-coast capital city triangle saw flights between Melbourne and Sydney swap 582,027 passengers, followed by Brisbane and Sydney with 328,879, while 250,883 travelled between Brisbane and Melbourne.

Regional aviation also showed strong improvement, with 1.88 million passenger movements recorded across regional airports, almost at the pre-Covid level of 2.1 million seen in December 2019.

 


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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 20 February 2023

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