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 February 2019 was 3.257 million compared to 3.188 million in February 2018 – an increase of 2.2 per cent. The most recent annual month on month decrease in traffic was recorded in March 2011 (-1.6 per cent).
The chart below compares monthly passenger traffic for the year ended February 2019 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended February 2018. Passenger traffic for the year ended February 2019 was 41.832 million which is a 4.8 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended February 2018.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during February 2019 were 4.230 million – an increase of 1.2 per cent compared to February 2018. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 80.0 per cent in February 2018 to 79.6 per cent in February 2019.

Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
February 2018
Year ended
February 2019
Total passenger movements (million) 39.916 41.832 4.8%
Summary of month on month activity
 February 2018February 2019Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.188 3.257 2.2%
Freight (tonnes) 83689 79394 -5.1%
Mail (tonnes) 2568 2661 3.6%
Available Seats (million) 4.179 4.230 1.2%
Flights 15771 16026 1.6%
Aircraft Movements 16055 16409 2.2%