Qantas is doing well in terms of international passenger carriage to and from Australia, while its main commercial partner, and some of its rivals, appear to be finding the going a little more challenging.
Qantas Airways had the largest share of the international passenger market in the latest figures available (April 2016), with 16.3% of the total followed by Jetstar with 10%, Emirates with 9.1%, Singapore Airlines with 8.2% and Air New Zealand with 7.2%.
Figures compiled by Australia’s Bureau of Transport, Infrastructure and Regional Economics (BITRE) show that compared to April 2015, Qantas Airways’ share remained virtually unchanged, Jetstar’s share increased by 0.8%, Emirates’ share fell by 0.9%, Singapore Airlines’ share decreased by 0.4% and Air New Zealand’s share also decreased by 0.4%.
The Qantas group – Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia (0.6%) accounted for 26.9% of total passenger carriage in April 2016. The group’s share in April 2015 was 26.2%.
The share of passenger traffic accounted for by Australian designated airlines has increased from 31% in April 2015 to 33.1% in April 2016. Qantas Airways, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tigerair Australia contributed to the Australian airline share in April 2016.*
During April 2016, 57 international airlines operated scheduled services to/from Australia (includes five dedicated freight airlines but excludes airlines operating only via code share arrangements).
International scheduled passenger traffic in April 2016 was 2.956 million compared to 2.747 million in April 2015 – an increase of 7.6%. The most recent annual month-on-month decrease in traffic was recorded in March 2011 (-1.6%). Passenger traffic for the year ended April 2016 was 35.832 million which is a 6.4% increase over the
figure for the year ended April 2015.
Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during April 2016 were 3.944 million – an increase of 9% compared to April 2015. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) decreased from 78.5% in April 2015 to 77.7% in April 2016.
Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) AirAsia X, Cebu Pacific Air, Indonesia AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia Extra, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, Scoot and Tigerair Australia accounted for 18.6% of total international passenger traffic to/from Australia in April 2016. The LCC share in April 2015 was 15.7%.
* Note that for August 2015 and onwards, all Virgin Australia services on Trans-Tasman routes are Australian designated. For prior periods, Virgin Australia Trans-Tasman services included both New Zealand designated and Australian designated services with only Australian designated services contributing to the Australian designated airline share.
Edited by Peter Needham