International airline activity



Sixty-one 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 May 2019 was 3.208 million compared to 3.027 million in May 2018 – an increase of 6.0 per cent. March 2019 (-2.5 per cent) and March 2011 (-1.6 per cent) were the last two times 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 May 2019 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended May 2018. Passenger traffic for the year ended May 2019 was 42.071 million which is a 4.0 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended May 2018.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during May 2019 were 4.190 million – a decrease of 1.7 per cent compared to May 2018. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including China Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) increased from 73.5 per cent in May 2018 to 78.6 per cent in May 2019.


Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
May 2018
Year ended
May 2019
Total passenger movements (million) 40.437 42.071 4.0%
Summary of month on month activity
 May 2018May 2019Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.027 3.208 6.0%
Freight (tonnes) 99033 92463 -6.6%
Mail (tonnes) 3079 3211 4.3%
Available Seats (million) 4.261 4.190 -1.7%
Flights 16111 16264 0.9%
Aircraft Movements 16621 16735 0.7%