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 May 2016 was 2.691 million compared to 2.527 million in May 2015 – an increase of 6.5 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 May 2016 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended May 2015. Passenger traffic for the year ended May 2016 was 36.011 million which is a 6.7 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended May 2015.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during May 2016 were 3.894 million – an increase of 9.4 per cent compared to May 2015. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 73.1 per cent in May 2015 to 71.3 per cent in May 2016.


Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
May 2015
Year ended
May 2016
Total passenger movements (million) 33.761 36.011 6.7%
Summary of month on month activity
 May 2015May 2016Change
Passengers carried (million) 2.527 2.691 6.5%
Freight (tonnes) 79228 83015 4.8%
Mail (tonnes) 3027 2897 -4.3%
Available Seats (million) 3.561 3.894 9.4%
Flights 14051 15066 7.2%
Aircraft Movements 14301 15330 7.2%