International airline activity



Sixty-two 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 July 2019 was 3.736 million compared to 3.711 million in July 2018 – an increase of 0.7 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 July 2019 with monthly passenger traffic for the year ended July 2018. Passenger traffic for the year ended July 2019 was 42.146 million which is a 3.3 per cent increase over the figure for the year ended July 2018.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during July 2019 were 4.618 million – a decrease of 1.3 per cent compared to July 2018. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including China Airlines, Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) increased from 81.4 per cent in July 2018 to 82.5 per cent in July 2019.


Summary of year on year activity
 Year ended
July 2018
Year ended
July 2019
Total passenger movements (million) 40.789 42.146 3.3%
Summary of month on month activity
 July 2018July 2019Change
Passengers carried (million) 3.711 3.736 0.7%
Freight (tonnes) 96171 87557 -9.0%
Mail (tonnes) 2963 3113 5.1%
Available Seats (million) 4.681 4.618 -1.3%
Flights 17927 17880 -0.3%
Aircraft Movements 18454 18336 -0.6%