Compared to 2005, Qantas Airways’ share of scheduled international passenger traffic into and out of Australia has shrunk by 12.1 percentage points, while Emirates’ share has grown by 3.6 per cent.
Over the same 10-year period (2005 to 2015) Jetstar, which began international operations in December 2005, has seen its share grow by 9%, Singapore Airlines’ share has fallen by 2% and Virgin Australia’s share has climbed by 5.3%. The decrease in share for the Qantas group (Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia in 2015 compared to Qantas, Australian Airlines and Jetstar in 2005) was 5.3%.
In calendar year 2015, Qantas Airways had the largest share of the market with 15.9% followed by Emirates with 9.6%, Jetstar with 9.2%, Singapore Airlines with 8.6% and Virgin Australia with 7.4%.
The figures derive from a report on international airline activity in 2015, published yesterday by Australia’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).
Fifty-eight international scheduled airlines operated services to/from Australia during the year (including dedicated freight airlines but excluding airlines operating only via codeshare arrangements).
Seats made available on international scheduled operations in 2015 totalled 44.840 million – an increase of 1.5% compared to 2014. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) has increased from 77.4% in 2014 to 80.3% in 2015.
International scheduled passenger traffic in 2015 was 34.867 million compared to 33.133 million in 2014 – an increase of 5.2%.
The share of passenger traffic accounted for by Australian designated airlines increased from 31.7% in 2005 to 33.2% in 2010 and decreased to 30.1% in 2015. Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia (excluding services operated under New Zealand designation) contributed to the Australian airline share in 2015.
In 2015, Low Cost Carriers (LCC) AirAsia X, Cebu Pacific Air, Indonesia AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia Extra, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, Scoot and Tigerair together accounted for 16.4% of total international passenger traffic. This compares to the LCC share of 16.5% in 2014.
Of the major airports, seat utilisation in 2015 was highest at Sydney at 82.2% (increase of 2% over 2014). This was followed by Melbourne and Adelaide at 81.7% (increase of 3.4% for Melbourne and 9.9% for Adelaide), Brisbane at 78.6% (increase of 2.5%), Gold Coast at 78.3% (increase of 0.8%) and Perth at 76% (increase of 3.8 percentage points).
New Zealand, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, USA, and Indonesia were the top five countries in terms of traffic on board passenger movements in 2015. Seat utilisation was highest for Hong Kong with 88.9% followed by United Arab Emirates with 84.8% and Taiwan with 84.1%.
Download the full report, complete with graphs, here: http://bitre.gov.au/publications/ongoing/files/International_airline_activity_CY2015.pdf
Edited by Peter Needham