International airline activity



Sixty-two 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 September 2018 was 3.463 million compared to 3.330 million in September 2017 – an increase of 4.0 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 September 2018 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended September 2017. Passenger traffic for the year ended September 2018 was 41.141 million which is a 5.1 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended September 2017.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during September 2018 were 4.379 million – an increase of 3.1 per cent compared to September 2017. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) increased from 80.6 per cent in September 2017 to 81.1 per cent in September 2018.


Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
September 2017
Year ended
September 2018
Total passenger movements (million) 39.136 41.141 5.1%
Summary of month on month activity
 September 2017September 2018Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.330 3.463 4.0%
Freight (tonnes) 93261 98027 5.1%
Mail (tonnes) 2970 2628 -11.5%
Available Seats (million) 4.247 4.379 3.1%
Flights 16246 16717 2.9%
Aircraft Movements 16560 17221 4.0%