International airline activity



Fifty-seven 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 April 2016 was 2.956 million compared to 2.747 million in April 2015 – an increase of 7.6 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 April 2016 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended April 2015. Passenger traffic for the year ended April 2016 was 35.832 million which is a 6.4 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended April 2015.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during April 2016 were 3.944 million – an increase of 9.0 per cent compared to April 2015. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 78.5 per cent in April 2015 to 77.7 per cent in April 2016.


Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
April 2015
Year ended
April 2016
Total passenger movements (million) 33.683 35.832 6.4%
Summary of month on month activity
 April 2015April 2016Change
Passengers carried (million) 2.747 2.956 7.6%
Freight (tonnes) 76030 81385 7.0%
Mail (tonnes) 2956 2885 -2.4%
Available Seats (million) 3.620 3.944 9.0%
Flights 14359 15319 6.7%
Aircraft Movements 14714 15561 5.8%