International pax to/from Australia up 5% to 3.8m in Dec-2017, capacity (Seats) up 5% to 4.8m

    Australia‘s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported (02-Mar-2018) the following international traffic highlights to/from Australia for Dec-2017:

    • Passengers: 3.8 million, +4.6% year-on-year;
    • Available seats: 4.8 million, +4.9%;
    • Flights: 18,179, +4.5%;
    • Cargo: 105,771 tonnes, +13.6%;
    • Aircraft movements: 18,457, +4.2%;
    • Top 10 international carriers:
      • Share of passengers carried:
        • Qantas: 15.9%, +0.7ppt;
        • Emirates: 8.6%, -0.5pps;
        • Jetstar: 8.2%, -0.8ppt;
        • Singapore Airlines: 7.8%, -0.1ppt;
        • Air New Zealand: 6.4%, stable;
        • Virgin Australia: 5.9%, +0.1ppt;
        • Cathay Pacific Airways: 4.6%, +0.1ppt;
        • China Southern Airlines: 3.8%, +0.6ppt;
        • AirAsia X: 3.7%, -0.5ppt;
        • Etihad Airways: 3.1%, -0.1ppt;
      • Share of cargo carried:
        • Singapore Airlines: 15.6%, -0.1ppt;
        • Qantas: 10.8%, -1.3ppts;
        • Emirates: 8.2%, -1.6ppts;
        • Cathay Pacific Airways: 7.0%, -0.4ppt;
        • Air New Zealand: 4.7%, -0.9ppt;
        • China Southern Airlines: 4.1%, +0.7ppt;
        • Thai Airways: 3.2%, -0.5ppt;
        • Malaysia Airlines: 3.0%, -0.5%;
        • China Eastern Airlines: 2.8%, +0.5%;
        • Qatar Airways: 2.7%, stable.

    BITRE also reported LCCs AirAsia X, Cebu Pacific AirIndonesia AirAsia, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia and Scoot Tigerair accounted for 15.1% of total international passenger traffic to/from Australia in Dec-2017. LCC share in Dec-2016 was 17.5%. [more – original PR]