Latest international traffic figures into and out of Australia, for the month of May, show Qantas more or less level-pegging, Emirates gaining ground, Singapore Airlines stalling and Jetstar growing market share faster than any of the preceding.
The figures were released yesterday by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).
In terms of passenger carriage, Qantas Airways had the largest share of the market in May 2015 with 16.1% of the total followed by Emirates with 10.3%, Jetstar with 9.6%, Singapore Airlines with 8.7% and Virgin Australia with 7.9%.
Compared to May 2014, Qantas Airways’ share decreased by 0.1%, Emirates’ share increased by 0.5%, Jetstar’s share increased by 1.6%, Singapore Airlines’ share decreased by 0.6% and Virgin Australia’ share decreased by 0.4%.
The Qantas group – Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia (0.7%) – accounted for 26.4% of total passenger carriage in May 2015. The group’s share in May 2014 was 24.9%.
Fifty-two international airlines operated scheduled services to/from Australia during the month (including five dedicated freight airlines but excluding airlines operating only via code-share arrangements).
International scheduled passenger traffic in May 2015 grew to 2.527 million compared to 2.443 million in May 2014 – an increase of 3.5%.
Passenger traffic for the year ended May 2015 was 33.754 million which is a 4.6% increase over the figure for the year ended May 2014.
Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during May 2015 were 3.561 million – an increase of 0.8% compared to May 2014. The overall seat utilisation percentage, or seat factor (including China Airlines, Emirates and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) increased from 71.2% in May 2014 to 73.1% in May 2015.
The share of passenger traffic accounted for by Australian designated airlines has increased from 30.6% in May 2014 to 32.1% in May 2015.
Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia (6.4% – excludes services operated under New Zealand designation) contributed to the Australian airline share in May 2015.
Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) AirAsia X, Cebu Pacific Air, Indonesia AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia Extra, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, and Scoot accounted for 16.2% of total international passenger traffic to/from Australia in May 2015. The LCC share in May 2014 was 16%.
Edited by Peter Needham