Latest international passenger traffic figures to and from Australia reveal how Qantas held its own throughout the latest financial year while many other airlines went backwards.
In terms of passenger carriage, Qantas Airways had the largest share of the market in June 2016 with 15.9% of the total. It held that share doggedly throughout the fiscal year. The next-biggest share was that of Qantas low-cost offshoot Jetstar, with 9.5% of the total.
Then came Emirates with 8.8%, Singapore Airlines with 8.3% and Virgin Australia with 6%. Compared to June 2015, Qantas Airways’ share remained unchanged, Jetstar’s share increased by 0.5 percentage points, Emirates’ share fell by 1.3 percentage points, Singapore Airlines’ share decreased by 0.5 percentage points and Virgin Australia’s share slumped by 1.7 percentage points.
The Qantas group – Qantas Airways and Jetstar (plus Jetstar Asia, 0.7%) – accounted for 26.1% of total passenger carriage in June 2016. The group’s share in June 2015 was 25.6%, so the Qantas group increased its share while the share of other carriers fell, data from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reveals.
The share of passenger traffic accounted for by Australian designated airlines has grown from 31.2% in June 2015 to 32.3% in June 2016. Qantas Airways, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia contributed to the Australian airline share in June 2016.
Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) also increased their share. The LCCs AirAsia X, Cebu Pacific Air, Indonesia AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia Extra, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, Scoot and Tigerair Australia accounted for 19% of total international passenger traffic to/from Australia in June 2016. The LCC share in June 2015 was 16.1%.
In June 2016, 58 international airlines operated scheduled services to/from Australia. This total includes five dedicated freight airlines but excludes airlines operating only via code share arrangements.
International scheduled passenger traffic in June 2016 was 2.906 million compared to 2.689 million in June 2015 – an increase of 8.1%.
Passenger traffic for the year ended June 2016 was 36.229 million which is a 7% increase over the figure for the year ended June 2015. Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during June 2016 were 3.895 million – an increase of 9.3% compared to June 2015.
The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 77.4% in June 2015 to 76.6% in June 2016.
Written by Peter Needham