Australian airlines increase share of international traffic in Aug-2017, overall pax up 6.3%

    Australia‘s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported (Oct-2017) the following highlights for international airline activity for Aug-2017:

    • 59 international airlines operated scheduled services to/from Australia during Aug-2017 (including five dedicated freight airlines but excluding airlines operating only via codeshare arrangements);
    • International scheduled traffic was 3.3 million passenger, up 6.3% year-on-year. The most recent annual month on month decrease in traffic was recorded in Mar-2011 (-1.6%);
    • Passenger traffic for the year ended Aug-2017 was 39.0 million, up 6.1%;
    • Total seats available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia were 4.3 million, up 4.9%;
    • Overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia XChina AirlinesEmiratesPhilippine AirlinesQantas and Singapore Airlines passengers travelling through Australian ports) increased 1.2 ppts;
    • Qantas had the largest share of the market in Aug-2017 with 16.6%, followed by Jetstar (9.8%), Singapore Airlines (8.2%), Emirates (7.9%) and Virgin Australia (6.5%). Compared to Aug-2016, Qantas Airways’ share increased by 0.8
      ppts, Jetstar’s share increased by 0.4ppts, Singapore Airlines’ share decreased by 0.1ppts, Emirates’ share decreased by 0.6
      ppts and Virgin Australia’s share increased by 0.2ppts;
    • Qantas Group – Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia (0.6%) – accounted for 27.0% of total passenger carriage, up 1.1ppts;
    • Australian designated airlines share of passenger traffic was 32.9%, up 0.4ppts;
    • LCCs – AirAsia X, Cebu Pacific AirIndonesia AirAsia, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia and Scoot Tigerair – accounted for 16.5% of total international passenger traffic, down 1.9ppts;
    • International scheduled freight traffic in August 2017 increased by 13.0% to 93,702 tonnes. Inbound freight traffic increased by 16.3% and outbound freight traffic increased by 9.4%. [more – original PR]