Qantas Airways’ share of international scheduled passenger traffic to and from Australia has slumped by almost 13% in the 10 years since 2004-05, figures released yesterday show.
Over the same time frame, Emirates’ share has increased by 4.5%, Singapore Airlines’ share has fallen by 1.8% and Virgin Australia’s share has increased by 5.8%. The Qantas Airways’ decline in market share was 12.9%. Jetstar did not start international operations until December 2005.
The figures are included in a statistical report on international airline activity in the year 2014-15, compiled by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) and released yesterday.
Fifty-three international scheduled airlines operated services to/from Australia during the 2014-15 year (includes five dedicated freight airlines but excludes airlines operating only via code share arrangements).
International scheduled passenger traffic in 2014-15 grew to 33.865 million compared to 32.422 million in 2013-14 – an increase of 4.4%.
In the latest year, Qantas Airways had the largest share of the market with 15.7% followed by Emirates with 9.8%, Jetstar with 8.9%, Singapore Airlines with 8.6% and Virgin Australia with 7.7%.
The decrease in share for the Qantas group (Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia in 2014-15 compared to Qantas and Australian Airlines in 2004-05) was 6.4 percentage points.
The share of passenger traffic accounted for by Australian designated airlines increased from 32.1% in 2004-05 to 32.9% in 2009-10 and decreased to 30.5% in 2014-15. Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia (excluding services operated under New Zealand designation) contributed to the Australian airline share in 2014-15.
Seats made available on international scheduled operations in 2014-15 totalled 44.227 million – an increase of 1.1% compared to 2013-14. The overall seat utilisation percentage or load factor (including China Airlines, Emirates and Qantas passengers travelling through Australian ports) has increased from 76.5% in 2013-14 to 79% in 2014-15.
In 2014-15, low cost carriers (LCC) AirAsia X, Cebu Pacific Air, Indonesia AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia Extra, Jetstar, Jetstar Asia, Scoot and Tigerair together accounted for 16.3% cent of total international passenger traffic. This compares to the LCC share of 15.6% in 2013-14.
New Zealand, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, USA, and Malaysia were the top five countries in terms of traffic-on-board passenger movements in 2014-15. Seat utilisation was highest for Hong Kong with 87.7% followed by Chile with 83.7% and Taiwan with 83.4%.
In 2014-15, 15% of the passenger movements to/from Australia were either to/from or via Singapore. Auckland was the next largest hub accounting for 13.2% followed by Kuala Lumpur (8%), Dubai (7.3%) and Denpasar (6.9%).
In 2014-15, 39.1% of the 44.227 million seats operated to/from Australia were either to/from or via South East Asia. New Zealand had 19.7% of the total followed by North East Asia with 15.3 per cent.
Edited by Peter Needham