International airline activity



Fifty-eight 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 2017 was 3.307 million compared to 2.959 million in April 2016 – an increase of 11.8 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 April 2017 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended April 2016. Passenger traffic for the year ended April 2017 was 38.292 million which is a 6.8 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended April 2016.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during April 2017 were 4.226 million – an increase of 7.0 per cent compared to April 2016. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) increased from 77.7 per cent in April 2016 to 81.5 per cent in April 2017. 

Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
April 2016
Year ended
April 2017
Total passenger movements (million) 35.848 38.292 6.8%
Summary of month on month activity
 April 2016April 2017Change
Passengers carried (million) 2.959 3.307 11.8%
Freight (tonnes) 81355 82728 1.7%
Mail (tonnes) 2886 2978 3.2%
Available Seats (million) 3.950 4.226 7.0%
Flights 15341 16066 4.7%
Aircraft Movements 15603 16378 5.0%