BITRE August Airports

BITRE aviation data always lags by a few months with the latest update to August for the (pre-covid) Top 20 Airports:

August 2020 Passengers % Change YoY
ADELAIDE  74 562 -87.9%
ALICE SPRINGS  16 989 -68.3%
AYERS ROCK   0 -100.0%
BALLINA  27 154 -31.4%
BRISBANE  284 350 -81.4%
CAIRNS  97 822 -74.3%
CANBERRA  13 509 -95.1%
DARWIN  38 416 -78.1%
GOLD COAST  9 711 -97.8%
HOBART  5 450 -97.3%
KARRATHA  20 551 -49.9%
LAUNCESTON  3 907 -95.9%
MACKAY  31 424 -58.1%
MELBOURNE  20 298 -99.1%
NEWCASTLE  5 373 -94.9%
PERTH  117 168 -82.7%
ROCKHAMPTON  18 181 -63.8%
SUNSHINE COAST  2 749 -97.4%
SYDNEY  90 198 -96.1%
TOWNSVILLE  54 789 -62.6%
All Australian Airports 1 134 028 -89.0%

This is domestic traffic only although the major airports are still taking some limited international traffic. To scale that by percentage decline from the previous August:

BITRE 0820 1

Queensland regional airports and Brisbane relative outperformers, except Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast without their interstate routes. Flights have commenced between Cairns and Gold/Sunshine Coast but not sure on the timing. Ballina is a smaller airport in the group but also a relative outperformer on border closures.

Brisbane – Cairns has reportedly been the busiest air route in Australia over recent months:

BITRE 0820 2

Load factor on the route was down to 78.1% in August on 642 flights after reaching 90.8% in July on 467 flights.

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