International airline activity



Fifty-nine 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 2016 was 3.025 million compared to 2.824 million in November 2015 – an increase of 7.1 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 2016 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended November 2015. Passenger traffic for the year ended November 2016 was 37.387 million which is a 8.1 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended November 2015.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during November 2016 were 4.050 million – an increase of 11.2 per cent compared to November 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 80.4 per cent in November 2015 to 77.9 per cent in November 2016. 

Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
November 2015
Year ended
November 2016
Total passenger movements (million) 34.599 37.387 8.1%
Summary of month on month activity
 November 2015November 2016Change
Passengers carried (million) 2.824 3.025 7.1%
Freight (tonnes) 88198 94389 7.0%
Mail (tonnes) 3405 3500 2.8%
Available Seats (million) 3.642 4.050 11.2%
Flights 14208 15445 8.7%
Aircraft Movements 14430 15748 9.1%