Airline load factor, overall seat utilisation percentage, is climbing on international flights operating into and out of Australia.
The percentage (including China Airlines, Emirates and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) increased from 82.4% in January 2014 to 83.3% in January 2015.
At the same time, the Qantas Airways share of passenger carriage continues to fall, decreasing by 0.7% in January 2015 compared to January 2014, to reach 15.3% of the total.
A new report by the Australian Government’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) serves as a snapshot of international airline activity to and from Australia in the month of January 2015.
Fifty-two international airlines operated scheduled services to/from Australia during that month (including five dedicated freight airlines but excluding airlines operating only via code share arrangements).
International scheduled passenger traffic in January 2015 reached 3.283 million compared to 3.194 million in January 2014 – an increase of 2.8%.
Passenger traffic for the year ended January 2015 was 33.178 million which is a 4.8% increase over the figure for the year ended January 2014.
Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during January 2015 were 4.085 million – an increase of 1.5% compared to January 2014.
In terms of passenger carriage, Qantas Airways had the largest share of the market in January 2015 with 15.3% of the total followed by Emirates with 9.5%, Jetstar with 9.1%, Singapore Airlines with 8.2% and Air New Zealand with 7.5%.
Compared to January 2014, Qantas Airways’ share decreased by 0.7%, Emirates’ share increased by 0.2%, Jetstar’s share increased by 0.7%, Singapore Airlines’ share decreased by 0.2% and Air New Zealand’ share decreased by 0.1%.
The Qantas group – Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia (0.8%) accounted for 25.2% of total passenger carriage in January 2015. The group’s share in January 2014 was 24.8%.
The share of passenger traffic accounted for by Australian designated airlines has increased slightly from 29.6% in January 2014 to 29.7% in January 2015.
Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia (5.4% – excludes services operated under New Zealand designation) contributed to the Australian airline share in January2015.
Low-cost Carriers (LCCs) AirAsia X, Cebu Pacific Air, Indonesia AirAsia, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, Tigerair and Scoot accounted for 17.4% of total international passenger traffic to/from Australia in January 2015. The LCC’s share in January 2014 was 17.1%.
International scheduled freight traffic in January 2015 increased by 10% over January 2014 to 77 644 tonnes. Inbound freight traffic increased by 0.6% and outbound freight traffic increased by 20.3% compared to January 2014.
Edited by Peter Needham