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 June 2016 was 2.906 million compared to 2.689 million in June 2015 – an increase of 8.1 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 June 2016 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended June 2015. Passenger traffic for the year ended June 2016 was 36.229 million which is a 7.0 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended June 2015.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during June 2016 were 3.895 million – an increase of 9.3 per cent compared to June 2015. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 77.4 per cent in June 2015 to 76.6 per cent in June 2016.


Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
June 2015
Year ended
June 2016
Total passenger movements (million) 33.865 36.229 7.0%
Summary of month on month activity
 June 2015June 2016Change
Passengers carried (million) 2.689 2.906 8.1%
Freight (tonnes) 77819 81813 5.1%
Mail (tonnes) 2885 2779 -3.6%
Available Seats (million) 3.563 3.895 9.3%
Flights 14003 15051 7.5%
Aircraft Movements 14268 15319 7.4%