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 January 2019 was 4.073 million compared to 3.885 million in January 2018 – 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 January 2019 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended January 2018. Passenger traffic for the year ended January 2019 was 41.763 million which is a 5.2 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended January 2018.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during January 2019 were 4.986 million – an increase of 1.6 per cent compared to January 2018. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) increased from 82.1 per cent in January 2018 to 84.0 per cent in January 2019.

Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
January 2018
Year ended
January 2019
Total passenger movements (million) 39.699 41.763 5.2%
Summary of month on month activity
 January 2018January 2019Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.885 4.073 4.8%
Freight (tonnes) 94699 92740 -2.1%
Mail (tonnes) 2968 2768 -6.8%
Available Seats (million) 4.909 4.986 1.6%
Flights 18604 18843 1.3%
Aircraft Movements 18870 19275 2.1%