The latest report from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) on domestic airline activity showed continued strong growth in passenger traffic during June.

For the month there were 4.24 million passengers carried by Australia’s domestic and regional airlines, an increase of 9.6 per cent on June 2009. That pushed revenue passenger kilometres up by 9.3 per cent as capacity rose by 8.9 per cent. As a result of the faster growth in RPKs, industry load factor increased from 76 to 76.3 per cent for the month, while loads were up on nearly half of the routes with data recorded.

Brisbane Airport has set a new record for passenger movements during July as domestic and international traffic increased substantially over the month.

For the month, 1.387 million domestic passengers passed through the airport, representing an increase of 6.9 per cent on last year, while international traffic increased by 9.4 per cent to 404,284. These record figures saw total growth of 7.5 per cent on July 2009.