Load factors were healthy and passenger traffic grew by 7% on planes flying to and from Australia in 2015-16, latest international air traffic figures reveal.
In the latest year, Qantas Airways had the largest share of the market with 15.9% followed by Jetstar with 9.5%, Emirates with 9.1%, Singapore Airlines with 8.4% and Air New Zealand with 7.1%.
Compared to 2005-06, Qantas Airways’ share has decreased by 11.6%, Jetstar’s share has increased by 8.6% (commenced international operations in December 2005), Emirates’ share has increased by 2.6%, Singapore Airlines’ share has decreased by 2.6% and Air New Zealand’s share has decreased by 1.8%.
The decrease in share for the Qantas group (Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia in 2015-16 compared to Qantas, Australian Airlines and Jetstar in 2005-06) was 5.1%.
Seats increased by 6.1% and overall seat utilisation rose from 79% in 2014-15 to 79.7% last financial year.
Fifty-nine international scheduled airlines operated services to/from Australia during the year (includes five dedicated freight airlines but excludes airlines operating only via code share arrangements).
Figures compiled by the Bureau of Infrastructure Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) show that international scheduled passenger traffic in 2015-16 was 36.229 million compared to 33.865 million in 2014-15 – an increase of 7%.
The share of passenger traffic accounted for by Australian designated airlines increased from 32.1% in 2005-06 to 33.3% in 2010-11 and decreased to 29.4% cent in 2015-16. Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia contributed to the Australian airline share in 2015-16.
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.
Seats made available on international scheduled operations in 2015-16 totaled 46.946 million – an increase of 6.1% compared to 2014-15. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including AirAsia X, China Airlines, Emirates, Philippine Airlines and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) has increased from 79% in 2014-15 to 79.7% in 2015-16.
In 2015-16, low-cost carriers (LCC) AirAsia X, Cebu Pacific Air, Indonesia AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia Extra, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, Scoot and Tigerair Australia together accounted for 17.5% of total international passenger traffic. This compares to the LCC share of 16.3% in 2014-15.
In 2015-16, 14.7% of the passenger movements to/from Australia were either to/from or via Singapore. Auckland was the next largest hub accounting for 13.1% followed by Denpasar and Hong Kong (both at 6.8%), Dubai (6.7%) and Kuala Lumpur (6.4%).
Edited by Peter Needham