International airline activity



Sixty-one 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 November 2018 was 3.324 million compared to 3.192 million in November 2017 – an increase of 4.1 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 November 2018 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended November 2017. Passenger traffic for the year ended November 2018 was 41.451 million which is a 5.1 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended November 2017.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during November 2018 were 4.380 million – an increase of 4.2 per cent compared to November 2017. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 78.9 per cent in November 2017 to 78.3 per cent in November 2018.


Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
November 2017
Year ended
November 2018
Total passenger movements (million) 39.446 41.451 5.1%
Summary of month on month activity
 November 2017November 2018Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.192 3.324 4.1%
Freight (tonnes) 107475 107183 -0.3%
Mail (tonnes) 3350 3052 -8.9%
Available Seats (million) 4.203 4.380 4.2%
Flights 16022 16717 4.3%
Aircraft Movements 16320 17167 5.2%