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Market share of international airlines in Australian skies

August 4, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59A report published yesterday, examining international airline activity in and out of Australia, provides a snapshot of the airline industry.

In terms of passenger carriage, Qantas Airways had the largest share of the market in May 2014, the month the report puts under the microscope. Qantas held 16.2% of the total followed by Emirates with 9.9%, Singapore Airlines with 9.3%, Virgin Australia with 8.3% and Jetstar with 8%.

The slow rise of Emirates parallels the gradual fall in market share of its commercial alliance partner, Qantas, the report from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) shows. Compared to May 2013, the Qantas share decreased by 1.1%, Emirates’ share increased by 0.2%, Singapore Airlines’ share increased by 0.4%, Virgin Australia’s share decreased by 0.2% and Jetstar’s share increased by 0.6%.

The Qantas group – Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia (0.8%) accounted for 24.9% of total passenger carriage in May 2014. The group’s share in May 2013 was 25.1%.unnamed (3)

The share of passenger traffic accounted for by Australian designated airlines has decreased from 31.5% in May 2013 to 30.6% in May 2014. Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia (6.5% – excludes services operated under New Zealand designation) contributed to the Australian airline share in May 2014.

Fifty-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 May 2014 was 2.443 million compared to 2.274 million in May 2013 – an increase of 7.4%. (March 2011 (-1.6%) recorded the only annual month on month decrease in traffic since March 2009.)

Passenger traffic for the year ended May 2014 was 32.3 million which is a 6.8% increase over the figure for the year ended May 2013.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during May 2014 were 3.542 million – an increase of 6.7% compared to May 2013. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including China Airlines, Emirates and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) has increased from 70.1% in May 2013 to 71% in May 2014.

Low cost carriers (LCCs) AirAsia X, Indonesia AirAsia, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, Tigerair and Scoot accounted for 16% of total international passenger traffic to/from Australia in May 2014. The LCC share in May 2013 was 13.9%.

Edited by : Peter Needham

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  1. AgentGerko says:

    The fact that 52% of international is controlled by two groups – Qantas, its offshoot Jetstar and its partner Emirates and pasrtners Singapore Airlines/Virgin Australia show just how little competition there is here these days. And were it not for a bunch of LCC’s operating on shorthauls like Perth – Bali their share would be much higher. It’s been very noticeable as an agent, that with many customers currently (and sadly) avoiding MH, that just about every other carrier is chockers. On prime routes to Europe there simply isn’t enough competition after the QF/BA partnership knocked every other Euro carrier out of the market, and now EK is doing the same to QF. Who wants to fly QF to Heathrow, one of the worlds least liked airports and then change airlines and termianls to connect to your destination when you can fly EK direct from Dubai to your destination.

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