International airline activity

Summary

Forty-two 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 August 2021 was 56 330 compared to 71 998 in August 2020 – a decrease of 21.8 per cent. International air services this month have been severely impacted by travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Passenger traffic has decreased 98.4 per cent compared to 3.569 million recorded in August 2019.

The chart below compares monthly passenger traffic for the year ended August 2021 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended August 2020. Passenger traffic for the year ended August 2021 was 1 188 088 which is a 95.0 per cent decrease over the figure for the year ended August 2020. Passenger traffic in the year ended August 2019 was 42.2 million.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during August 2021 were 559 014 – an increase of 89.3 per cent compared to August 2020. The overall seat utilisation percentage decreased from 82.0 per cent in August 2019 to 24.4 per cent in August 2020 and to 10.1 per cent in August 2021.

Summary of year on year activity

  Year ended
August 2020
Year ended August 2021 Change
Total passenger movements (million) 23.574 1.188 -95.0%

Summary of month on month activity

  August 2020 August 2021 Change
Passengers carried (million) 0.072 0.056 -21.8%
Freight (tonnes) 74 106 82 837 11.8%
Mail (tonnes) 1 855 1 658 -10.6%
Available Seats (million) 0.295 0.559 89.3%
Flights 3 309 4 064 22.8%
Aircraft Movements 3 519 4 342 23.4%
International total passengers carried by month (millions)