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 April 2018 was 3.363 million compared to 3.308 million in April 2017 – an increase of 1.7 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 April 2018 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended April 2017. Passenger traffic for the year ended April 2018 was 40.282 million which is a 5.2 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended April 2017.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during April 2018 were 4.389 million – an increase of 3.8 per cent compared to April 2017. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 81.5 per cent in April 2017 to 79.5 per cent in April 2018.


Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
April 2017
Year ended
April 2018
Total passenger movements (million) 38.292 40.282 5.2%
Summary of month on month activity
 April 2017April 2018Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.308 3.363 1.7%
Freight (tonnes) 82477 90666 9.9%
Mail (tonnes) 2875 2904 1.0%
Available Seats (million) 4.227 4.389 3.8%
Flights 16079 16717 4.0%
Aircraft Movements 16391 17167 4.7%