International airline activity

Summary

Forty-six 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 February 2021 was 51 613 compared to 2.805 million in February 2020 – a decrease of 98.2 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 February 2021 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended February 2020. Passenger traffic for the year ended February 2021 was 2.462 million which is a 94.2 per cent decrease over the figure for the year ended February 2020.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during February 2021 were 401 271 – a decrease of 90.0 per cent compared to February 2020. The overall seat utilisation percentage decreased from 72.4 per cent in February 2020 to 12.9 per cent in February 2021.

Summary of year on year activity

  Year ended
February 2020
Year ended February 2021 Change
Total passenger movements (million) 42.138 2.462 -94.2%

Summary of month on month activity

  February 2020 February 2021 Change
Passengers carried (million) 2.805 0.052 -98.2%
Freight (tonnes) 82 771 62 507 -24.5%
Mail (tonnes) 2 777 1 309 -52.9%
Available Seats (million) 4.016 0.401 -90.0%
Flights 15 400 3 100 -79.9%
Aircraft Movements 15 726 3 332 -78.8%
International total passengers carried by month (millions)