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 June 2017 was 3.094 million compared to 2.906 million in June 2016 – 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 June 2017 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended June 2016. Passenger traffic for the year ended June 2017 was 38.661 million which is a 6.7 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended June 2016.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during June 2017 were 4.089 million – an increase of 5.0 per cent compared to June 2016. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) increased from 76.6 per cent in June 2016 to 78.2 per cent in June 2017. 

Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
June 2016
Year ended
June 2017
Total passenger movements (million) 36.229 38.661 6.7%
Summary of month on month activity
 June 2016June 2017Change
Passengers carried (million) 2.906 3.094 6.5%
Freight (tonnes) 81273 88349 8.7%
Mail (tonnes) 2796 3071 9.8%
Available Seats (million) 3.895 4.089 5.0%
Flights 15050 15641 3.9%
Aircraft Movements 15318 15965 4.2%