International airline activity



Sixty-one 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 November 2017 was 3.192 million compared to 3.026 million in November 2016 – an increase of 5.5 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 November 2017 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended November 2016. Passenger traffic for the year ended November 2017 was 39.446 million which is a 5.5 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended November 2016.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during November 2017 were 4.215 million – an increase of 4.1 per cent compared to November 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 77.9 per cent in November 2016 to 78.7 per cent in November 2017.

Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
November 2016
Year ended
November 2017
Total passenger movements (million) 37.387 39.446 5.5%
Summary of month on month activity
 November 2016November 2017Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.026 3.192 5.5%
Freight (tonnes) 94736 107475 13.4%
Mail (tonnes) 3472 3347 -3.6%
Available Seats (million) 4.050 4.215 4.1%
Flights 15451 16022 3.7%
Aircraft Movements 15752 16320 3.6%