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October 10, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Qantas Airways’ share of scheduled international air traffic to and from Australia fell by 1.2 percentage points in the 12 months to the end of July 2014, latest statistics reveal.

Overall, however, the share of the Qantas group grew over the same period, thanks to Jetstar. The Qantas group – Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia (0.8%) –accounted for 25.1% of total passenger carriage in July 2014. The group’s share in July 2013 was 24.6%.

Over the same period, Emirates’ share grew by 0.1%, Singapore Airlines’ share decreased by 0.1%, Jetstar’s share increased by 1.4% and Virgin Australia’s share decreased by 0.1%.

Latest figures, for the month of July 2014, compiled by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) show that 51 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).

Passenger traffic for the year ended July 2014 was 32.5 million which is a 6.7% increase over the figure for the year ended July 2013.

Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during July 2014 were 3.816 million – an increase of 4.6% compared to July 2013. The overall seat utilisation percentage (including China Airlines, Emirates and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) has increased from 78.6% in July 2013 to 79.6% in July 2014.

In terms of passenger carriage, Qantas Airways had the largest share of the market in July 2014 with 15.7% of the total followed by Emirates with 9.5%, Singapore Airlines with 8.9%, Jetstar with 8.6% and Virgin Australia with  7.9%.

International scheduled passenger traffic in July 2014 was 2.957 million compared to 2.795 million in July 2013 – an increase of 5.8%.

The share of passenger traffic accounted for by Australian designated airlines has increased from 30.0% in July 2013 to 30.2% in July 2014. Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia (5.9% – excludes services operated under New Zealand designation) contributed to the Australian airline share in July 2014.

Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) AirAsia X, Indonesia AirAsia, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, Tigerair and Scoot accounted for 17.1% of total international passenger traffic to/from Australia in July 2014. The Low Cost Carrier share in July 2013 was 14.2%.

Edited by : Peter Needham

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