International airline activity

Summary

Forty-five international airlines operated scheduled services to/from Australia during the month (includes four dedicated freight airlines but excludes airlines operating only via code share arrangements).

International scheduled passenger traffic in May 2021 was 214 246 compared to 3.208 million in May 2019 – a decrease of 93.3 per cent. International air services this month have been severely impacted by travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, passenger traffic has increased 304.3 per cent compared to 52 989 recorded in May 2020. This rise is mainly due to the Trans – Tasman travel bubble introduced in April 2021.

The chart below compares monthly passenger traffic for the year ended May 2021 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended May 2020. Passenger traffic for the year ended May 2021 was 993 460 which is a 97.1 per cent decrease over the figure for the year ended May2020.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during May 2021 were 816 048 – an increase of 306.2 per cent compared to May 2020. The overall seat utilisation percentage decreased from 78.6 per cent in May 2019 to 26.4 per cent in May 2020 and to 26.3 per cent in May 2021.

Summary of year on year activity

  Year ended
May 2020
Year ended May 2021 Change
Total passenger movements (million) 33.996 0.993 -97.1%

Summary of month on month activity

  May 2020 May 2021 Change
Passengers carried (million) 0.053 0.214 304.3%
Freight (tonnes) 65 552 76 183 16.2%
Mail (tonnes) 1 593 1 946 22.2%
Available Seats (million) 0.201 0.816 306.2%
Flights 3 029 5 134 69.5%
Aircraft Movements 3 148 5 318 68.9%
International total passengers carried by month (millions)