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 March 2019 was 3.287 million compared to 3.370 million in March 2018 – a decrease of 2.5 per cent. March 2011 (-1.6 per cent) was the last time 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 March 2019 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended March 2018. Passenger traffic for the year ended March 2019 was 41.749 million which is a 3.8 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended March 2018.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during March 2019 were 4.477 million – an increase of 0.1 per cent compared to March 2018. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including China Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 78.5 per cent in March 2018 to 75.6 per cent in March 2019.


Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
March 2018
Year ended
March 2019
Total passenger movements (million) 40.227 41.749 3.8%
Summary of month on month activity
 March 2018March 2019Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.370 3.287 -2.5%
Freight (tonnes) 99087 99034 -0.1%
Mail (tonnes) 3048 2829 -7.2%
Available Seats (million) 4.471 4.477 0.1%
Flights 17009 17098 0.5%
Aircraft Movements 17384 17536 0.9%