International airline activity



Sixty 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 October 2017 was 3.370 million compared to 3.226 million in October 2016 – an increase of 4.5 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 October 2017 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended October 2016. Passenger traffic for the year ended October 2017 was 39.280 million which is a 5.6 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended October 2016.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during October 2017 were 4.368 million – an increase of 3.7 per cent compared to October 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 79.1 per cent in October 2016 to 79.7 per cent in October 2017.

Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
October 2016
Year ended
October 2017
Total passenger movements (million) 37.185 39.280 5.6%
Summary of month on month activity
 October 2016October 2017Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.226 3.370 4.5%
Freight (tonnes) 89963 100982 12.2%
Mail (tonnes) 3159 2992 -5.3%
Available Seats (million) 4.211 4.368 3.7%
Flights 16259 16772 3.2%
Aircraft Movements 16532 17119 3.6%