Nov 10, 2011

International airline activity continues to rise

The Australian aviation industry has again seen solid growth in passenger numbers in the last financial year with international movements reaching record numbers.

There was an increase in international air passengers travelling to and from Australia in 2010-11 with passenger numbers increasing by 7.5 per cent to reach a record 27 million.

This is an outstanding result, with Australia again bucking the international trend which has seen many airlines forced to cut routes and shed jobs.

Seven different low cost carriers have seen a gradual growth over the years accounting for a combined 19 percent of international passenger traffic.

An increase in travel from Australian airports and around the world show Australia’s economic development continues to grow, with the aviation industry worth billions of dollars a year.

The top five airlines in the last year with the largest share in the market are:

  • Qantas Airways – 18.7%
  • Singapore Airlines – 9.1%
  • Air New Zealand – 8.3%
  • Jetstar – 8%
  • Emirates 7.9%

Of the 36.92 million available seats operated to or from Australia in 2010-11, the regional breakdown included:

  • South East Asia – 40%
  • New Zealand – 21.2%
  • North East Asia – 17.4%
  • North America – 7.9%

New Zealand, Singapore, the USA, Hong Kong and Malaysia were the top five countries for passenger movements to and from Australia in 2010-11.

The Gillard Labor Government has a proven record in ensuring the aviation industry continues to perform well and provides ongoing benefits.

For a copy of the report go to: www.bitre.gov.au