International airline activity

Summary

Sixty-four 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 January 2020 was 4.154 million compared to 4.073 million in January 2019 – an increase of 2.0 per cent. March 2019 (-2.5 per cent) was the only time since March 2011 that monthly passenger traffic recorded a decrease compared to the same month in the previous year.

The chart below compares monthly passenger traffic for the year ended January 2020 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended January 2019. Passenger traffic for the year ended January 2020 was 42.589 million which is a 2.0 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended January 2019.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during January 2020 were 5.102 million – an increase of 2.3 per cent compared to January 2019. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including China Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 84.0 per cent in January 2019 to 83.6 per cent in January 2020.

Summary of year on year activity

  Year ended
January 2019
Year ended
January 2020
Change
Total passenger movements (million) 41.763 42.589 2.0%

Summary of month on month activity

  January 2019 January 2020 Change
Passengers carried (million) 4.073 4.154 2.0%
Freight (tonnes) 92 197 84 790 -8.0%
Mail (tonnes) 2 958 3 032 2.5%
Available Seats (million) 4.986 5.102 2.3%
Flights 18 843 19 360 2.7%
Aircraft Movements 19 275 19 734 2.4%
International total passengers carried by month (millions)