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).

Note: February 2017 contained 28 days compared to 29 days in February 2016. One day less represents a potential decrease of 3.4 per cent in activity levels.

International scheduled passenger traffic in February 2017 was 2.971 million compared to 2.936 million in February 2016 – an increase of 1.2 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 2017 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended February 2016. Passenger traffic for the year ended February 2017 was 37.894 million which is a 7.0 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended February 2016.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during February 2017 were 3.974 million – an increase of 3.5 per cent compared to February 2016. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 80.2 per cent in February 2016 to 78.5 per cent in February 2017. 

Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
February 2016
Year ended
February 2017
Total passenger movements (million) 35.428 37.894 7.0%
Summary of month on month activity
 February 2016February 2017Change
Passengers carried (million) 2.936 2.971 1.2%
Freight (tonnes) 74882 80811 7.9%
Mail (tonnes) 2498 2734 9.4%
Available Seats (million) 3.838 3.974 3.5%
Flights 14861 14975 0.8%
Aircraft Movements 15083 15251 1.1%