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Contents >> Transport >> International passenger activity

The primary form of international passenger activity is air transportation. Details of this activity are shown in the following section.


Air passenger activity

International scheduled services

At 31 December 2000 there were 43 international scheduled airlines operating regular scheduled passenger air services to and from Australia (excluding airlines that operate purely on a code share basis).

During 2000, China Southern Airlines and Philippine Airlines recommenced services to and from Australia while AOM French Airlines, Alitalia, Connie Kalitta Services (freight only) and Mandarin Airlines (services taken over by China Airlines) ceased services.

The Aircraft fleet section provides details of international fleets.


International non-scheduled services

Passenger charter policies in Australia encourage inbound tourism by non-scheduled services, particularly over routes not served by the scheduled carriers. The majority of these flights originated from Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan. In 2000 there were also significant charter operations to and from East Timor.


International traffic

Passenger traffic to and from Australia grew by a combined 10.0% in 2000, compared with 5.3% in 1999 (table 23.17). The number of passengers coming to Australia increased by 9.6% while departures increased by 10.4%. The Australian airlines' share of traffic to Australia fell from 38.5% in 1999 to 37.3% in 2000. Their share of outgoing traffic followed a similar pattern, with a decline from 38.7% to 37.2%.


23.17 SCHEDULED INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE TRAFFIC TO AND FROM AUSTRALIA(a) - Year ended December

Passengers

Type of traffic
1999
2000

TRAFFIC TO AUSTRALIA

Qantas Airways Limited
2,646,876
2,805,052
Ansett Australia
259,737
274,235
Other airlines
4,635,710
5,183,669
All airlines
7,542,323
8,262,956

TRAFFIC FROM AUSTRALIA

Qantas Airways Limited
2,622,369
2,793,493
Ansett Australia
258,187
264,541
Other airlines
4,563,684
5,163,945
All airlines
7,444,240
8,221,979

(a) Australia and Norfolk Island.

Source: Department of Transport and Regional Services.


Table 23.18 shows the number of international passengers arriving and departing from each international airport. Sydney's share of passenger traffic was 50% in 2000 (up 0.7 percentage points from 1999), followed by Melbourne with 18.5% (up 0.8 percentage points from 1999, and Brisbane with a 14.9% share (down 1 percentage point from 1999). In the year of the Sydney Olympics, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth all recorded steady growth from the previous year, with passenger traffic increasing through Melbourne by 14.6%, through Sydney by 11.5% and through Perth by 7.2%.


23.18 PASSENGER TRAFFIC THROUGH AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS - Year ended December

Passengers

Airport
1998
1999
2000

Sydney
6,933,551
7,388,153
8,235,473
Melbourne
2,489,132
2,654,807
3,043,169
Brisbane
2,251,240
2,375,767
2,460,877
Perth
1,434,077
1,474,898
1,580,594
Cairns
688,058
660,659
680,133
Adelaide
223,035
241,014
270,099
Darwin
177,773
156,058
169,496
Coolangatta(a)
14,519
16,923
28,138
Norfolk Island
15,704
15,073
14,073
Broome(b)
. .
. .
2,883
Port Hedland(c)
4,398
2,969
. .
Townsville(d)
416
242
. .
Christmas Island(e)
2,712
. .
. .
Hobart(f)
2,690
. .
. .
Total
14,237,305
14,986,563
16,484,935

(a) International operations commenced in December 1996.
(b) International operations ceased in January 1996, ceased in February 1997 and recommenced in April 2000.
(c) International operations suspended from January 2000.
(d) International operations recommenced in May 1997, ceased in June 1998, recommenced again in October 1998 and ceased again in February 1999.
(e) International operations commenced in November 1993, ceased in February 1997, recommenced in October 1997 and ceased again in April 1998.
(f) International operations ceased in April 1998.

Source: Department of Transport and Regional Services.


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