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 July 2018 was 3.711 million compared to 3.541 million in July 2017 – an increase of 4.8 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 July 2018 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended July 2017. Passenger traffic for the year ended July 2018 was 40.789 million which is a 5.1 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended July 2017.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during July 2018 were 4.681 million – an increase of 4.8 per cent compared to July 2017. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 82.1 per cent in July 2017 to 81.4 per cent in July 2018.


Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
July 2017
Year ended
July 2018
Total passenger movements (million) 38.794 40.789 5.1%
Summary of month on month activity
 July 2017July 2018Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.541 3.711 4.8%
Freight (tonnes) 88017 96010 9.1%
Mail (tonnes) 3064 2960 -3.4%
Available Seats (million) 4.468 4.681 4.8%
Flights 17154 17924 4.5%
Aircraft Movements 18088 18451 2.0%