International airline activity



Fifty-eight 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 March 2016 was 3.006 million compared to 2.802 million in March 2015 – an increase of 7.3 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 March 2016 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended March 2015. Passenger traffic for the year ended March 2016 was 35.623 million which is a 5.9 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended March 2015.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during March 2016 were 4.022 million – an increase of 10.4 per cent compared to March 2015. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 80.0 per cent in March 2015 to 77.4 per cent in March 2016.

Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
March 2015
Year ended
March 2016
Total passenger movements (million) 33.646 35.623 5.9%
Summary of month on month activity
 March 2015March 2016Change
Passengers carried (million) 2.802 3.006 7.3%
Freight (tonnes) 84921 87607 3.2%
Mail (tonnes) 3308 2869 -13.3%
Available Seats (million) 3.642 4.022 10.4%
Flights 14396 15628 8.6%
Aircraft Movements 14744 15864 7.6%