International airline activity



Sixty 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 February 2018 was 3.196 million compared to 2.971 million in February 2017 – 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 February 2018 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended February 2017. Passenger traffic for the year ended February 2018 was 39.925 million which is a 5.4 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended February 2017.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during February 2018 were 4.201 million – an increase of 5.7 per cent compared to February 2017. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) increased from 78.5 per cent in February 2017 to 79.8 per cent in February 2018.


Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
February 2017
Year ended
February 2018
Total passenger movements (million) 37.894 39.925 5.4%
Summary of month on month activity
 February 2017February 2018Change
Passengers carried (million) 2.971 3.196 7.6%
Freight (tonnes) 80815 83509 3.3%
Mail (tonnes) 2766 2537 -8.3%
Available Seats (million) 3.974 4.201 5.7%
Flights 14975 15825 5.7%
Aircraft Movements 15251 16109 5.6%