International airline activity



Fifty-nine international airlines operated scheduled services to/from Australia during the month (includes five dedicated freight airlines but excludes airlines operating only via code share arrangements).

International scheduled passenger traffic in October 2016 was 3.226 million compared to 3.022 million in October 2015 – an increase of 6.7 per cent. The most recent annual month on month decrease in traffic was recorded in March 2011 (-1.6 per cent).

The chart below compares monthly passenger traffic for the year ended October 2016 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended October 2015. Passenger traffic for the year ended October 2016 was 37.185 million which is a 8.0 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended October 2015.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during October 2016 were 4.211 million – an increase of 10.4 per cent compared to October 2015. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 81.4 per cent in October 2015 to 79.1 per cent in October 2016. 

Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
October 2015
Year ended
October 2016
Total passenger movements (million) 37.185 34.444 8.0%
Summary of month on month activity
 October 2015October 2016Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.022 3.226 6.7%
Freight (tonnes) 83924 90001 7.2%
Mail (tonnes) 2637 2874 9.0%
Available Seats (million) 3.815 4.211 10.4%
Flights 14929 16259 8.9%
Aircraft Movements 15217 16532 8.6%