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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
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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.

International scheduled air services

During 2001 there were 50 international scheduled airlines operating services to and from Australia. Eight of these were dedicated freight only operators (airlines operating only via code share arrangements have been excluded). This compares to 54 international scheduled airlines and 8 dedicated freight only operators in 2000.

Also during 2001, Air Canada (which took over Canadian Airlines International’s operations), and Lufthansa German Airlines (which began freight services in its own right) commenced services to and from Australia.

The following airlines ceased services to and from Australia:

  • Ansett International
  • Canadian Airlines International (operations taken over by Air Canada)
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • SriLankan Airlines.

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. In 2001, the majority of these flights originated from Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan. There were also significant charter operations to and from East Timor in 2000.

International traffic - Passenger traffic to and from Australia combined grew by 1.8% in 2001, significantly less than the 10.0% growth recorded in 2000 (table 23.20). The number of passengers coming to Australia in 2001 increased by 2.2% while departures increased by 1.4%. Despite the collapse of Ansett during 2001, the Australian airlines' share of traffic to Australia fell only marginally from 37.3% in 2000 to 36.9% in 2001, while their share of outgoing traffic remained at 37.2%.


23.20 SCHEDULED INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE TRAFFIC TO AND FROM AUSTRALIA(a)

1999
2000
2001
Type of traffic
'000 passengers
'000 passengers
'000 passengers

TRAFFIC TO AUSTRALIA

Qantas Airways Limited
2,647
2,805
2,910
Ansett Australia
260
274
202
Other airlines
4,636
5,184
5,330
All airlines
7,542
8,263
8,442

TRAFFIC FROM AUSTRALIA

Qantas Airways Limited
2,622
2,793
2,908
Ansett Australia
258
265
195
Other airlines
4,564
5,164
5,238
All airlines
7,444
8,222
8,341

(a) Includes Norfolk Island.

Source: Department of Transport and Regional Services.


Table 23.21 shows the number of international passengers arriving at and departing from each of Australia's international airports. Sydney's share of total international passenger traffic was 49.0% in 2001 (down 1.0% from 2000), followed by Melbourne with 19.7% (down 1.2% from 2000), and Brisbane with a 15.1% share (down 0.2% from 2000). Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth all recorded growth from the previous year, with passenger traffic increasing through Melbourne by 8.8%, through Brisbane by 3.2% and through Perth by 0.4%. During 2001, Coolangatta recorded the greatest increase in passenger traffic with growth of 47.8%, followed by Norfolk Island with 16.3%.


23.21 PASSENGER TRAFFIC THROUGH AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

1998
1999
2000(a)
2001
Airport
'000 passengers
'000 passengers
'000 passengers
'000 passengers

Sydney
6,934
7,388
8,237
8,224
Melbourne
2,489
2,655
3,044
3,312
Brisbane
2,251
2,376
2,461
2,540
Perth
1,434
1,475
1,581
1,587
Cairns
688
661
680
665
Adelaide
223
241
270
242
Darwin
178
156
169
152
Coolangatta
15
17
28
42
Norfolk Island
16
15
14
16
Broome(b)
-
-
3
2
Newcastle(c)
-
-
-
1
Port Hedland(d)
4
3
-
-
Christmas Island(e)
3
-
-
-
Hobart(f)
3
-
-
-
Total
14,237
14,987
16,488
16,783

(a) Contains revised data for Sydney and Melbourne.
(b) International operations recommenced in April 2000 and ceased in August 2001.
(c) International operations commenced December 2001.
(d) International operations ceased in January 2000.
(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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