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 July 2016 was 3.408 million compared to 3.089 million in July 2015 – an increase of 10.3 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 July 2016 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended July 2015. Passenger traffic for the year ended July 2016 was 36.547 million which is a 7.5 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended July 2015.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during July 2016 were 4.280 million – an increase of 10.8 per cent compared to July 2015. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 82.3 per cent in July 2015 to 81.9 per cent in July 2016. 

Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
July 2015
Year ended
July 2016
Total passenger movements (million) 33.997 36.547 7.5%
Summary of month on month activity
 July 2015July 2016Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.089 3.408 10.3%
Freight (tonnes) 78782 81666 3.7%
Mail (tonnes) 3079 2937 -4.6%
Available Seats (million) 3.862 4.280 10.8%
Flights 15250 16639 9.1%
Aircraft Movements 15532 16908 8.9%