International airline activity

Summary

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

International scheduled passenger traffic in May 2020 was 52,989 compared to 3.208 million in May 2019 – a decrease of 98.3 per cent. International air services this month have been severely impacted by travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The chart below compares monthly passenger traffic for the year ended May 2020 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended May 2019. Passenger traffic for the year ended May 2020 was 33.996 million which is a 19.2 per cent decrease over the figure for the year ended May 2019.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during May 2020 were 200,874 – a decrease of 95.2 per cent compared to May 2019. The overall seat utilisation percentage decreased from 78.6 per cent in May 2019 to 26.4 per cent in May 2020.

Summary of year on year activity

  Year ended
May 2019
Year ended
May 2020
Change
Total passenger movements (million) 42.069 33.996 -19.2%

Summary of month on month activity

  May 2019 May 2020 Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.208 0.053 -98.3%
Freight (tonnes) 92 500 65 536 -29.1%
Mail (tonnes) 3 227 1 247 -61.4%
Available Seats (million) 4.190 0.201 -95.2%
Flights 16 265 3 027 -81.4%
Aircraft Movements 16 736 3 146 -81.2%
International total passengers carried by month (millions)