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 December 2016 was 3.658 million compared to 3.428 million in December 2015 – an increase of 6.7 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 December 2016 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended December 2015. Passenger traffic for the year ended December 2016 was 37.617 million which is a 7.9 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended December 2015.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during December 2016 were 4.602 million – an increase of 7.8 per cent compared to December 2015. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 83.2 per cent in December 2015 to 82.8 per cent in December 2016. 

Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
December 2015
Year ended
December 2016
Total passenger movements (million) 34.867 37.617 7.9%
Summary of month on month activity
 December 2015December 2016Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.428 3.658 6.7%
Freight (tonnes) 89836 92922 3.4%
Mail (tonnes) 4077 4266 4.6%
Available Seats (million) 4.271 4.602 7.8%
Flights 16666 17412 4.5%
Aircraft Movements 16903 17728 4.9%