The Qantas group – Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia – lifted their share of international scheduled passenger traffic to and from Australia in April 2015 to 26.2% of the total. The group’s share a year ago, in April 2014, was 24.6%.
The Qantas Airways’ share fell marginally in April 2015 while Emirates saw its share increase – but the standout was Jetstar, which increased its share by 2% in the same month.
The share of passenger traffic accounted for by Australian designated airlines has increased from 29.3% in April 2014 to 31% in April 2015. Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia (5.5% – excludes services operated under New Zealand designation) contributed to the Australian airline share in April 2015.
Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during April 2015 were 3.620 million – a decrease of 1% compared to April 2014.
The overall seat utilisation percentage (including China Airlines, Emirates and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) increased from 76.2% in April 2014 to 78.5% in April 2015, latest figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Trade and Regional Economics (BITRE) show.
In terms of passenger carriage, Qantas Airways had the largest share of the market in April 2015 with 16.2% of the total followed by Emirates with 10%, Jetstar with 9.3%, Singapore Airlines with 8.6% and Air New Zealand with 7.6%.
Compared to April 2014, Qantas Airways’ share decreased by 0.4%, Emirates’ share increased by 0.3%, Jetstar’s share increased by 2%, Singapore Airlines’ share decreased by 0.4% and Air New Zealand’s share decreased by 0.2%.
Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) AirAsia X, Cebu Pacific Air, Indonesia AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia Extra, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, and Scoot accounted for 15.7% of total international passenger traffic to/from Australia in April 2015. The Low Cost Carriers’ share in April 2014 was 15.5%.
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 April 2015 was 2.747 million compared to 2.702 million in April 2014 – an increase of 1.7%.
Passenger traffic for the year ended April 2015 was 33.669 million which is a 4.9% increase over the figure for the year ended April 2014. Jetstar Asia was responsible for 0.7% of that.
Edited by Peter Needham