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 August 2017 was 3.254 million compared to 3.063 million in August 2016 – an increase of 6.3 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 August 2017 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended August 2016. Passenger traffic for the year ended August 2017 was 38.985 million which is a 6.1 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended August 2016.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during August 2017 were 4.310 million – an increase of 4.9 per cent compared to August 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 76.6 per cent in August 2016 to 77.8 per cent in August 2017.

Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
August 2016
Year ended
August 2017
Total passenger movements (million) 36.739 38.985 6.1%
Summary of month on month activity
 August 2016August 2017Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.063 3.254 6.3%
Freight (tonnes) 82953 93702 13.0%
Mail (tonnes) 2994 2927 -2.2%
Available Seats (million) 4.109 4.310 4.9%
Flights 15898 16505 3.8%
Aircraft Movements 16170 16832 4.1%