Qantas has just 17% of Australian international market

Australia's international market has grown by 5.2% in the first five months of 2013, helped by the launch of new international routes by Philippine Airlines (from Manila to both Brisbane and Perth, via Darwin), and the first Australian service from Sichuan Airlines (from Chengdu to Melbourne).

After the temporary grounding of Tiger Airways Australia (recently rebranded as tigerair Australia) back in July 2011, and its slow re-building, the Australian domestic market showed robust growth in 2012 of 4.2%, but in the first five months of 2013 this has fallen to just 2.2%. For the year ending May 2013, the country’s busiest domestic route (between Melbourne and Sydney) grew by 6.5% to almost 8.2 million. Three of the country’s top 10 domestic routes have reported double-digit growth over the last 12 months; Sydney – Gold Coast (up 12.8% to 2.53 million), Melbourne – Perth (up 16.8% to 2.22 million), and Melbourne – Hobart (up 17.9% to 1.33 million).

Australian traffic development Year-on-year change in passengers: 1/06 to 5/13

Source: BTRE

A number of new domestic routes were launched in the first half of 2013 including Tiger Airways Australia’s new Sydney services to Alice Springs, Cairns and Coffs Harbour, plus Brindabella Airlines Sydney to Moree and Orange.

International traffic up 5.2% in January-May 2013

Since March 2009 international traffic has grown year-on-year every month with the exception of March 2011. In the first five months of 2013, international traffic has grown at Australian airports by 5.2%. New international services launched in the first half of 2013 include:

  • Garuda Indonesia: Denpasar (DPS) to Brisbane (BNE) on 1 August, with daily 737-800 flights.
  • Philippine Airlines: Manila (MNL) to Brisbane (BNE) via Darwin (DRW) on 1 June, with three-weekly A320 flights, plus Manila (MNL) to Perth (PER) via Darwin (DRW) on 2 June, with four-weekly A320 flights.
  • Qantas: Sydney (SYD) and Melbourne (MEL) to Dubai (DXB) on 31 March, with daily A380 flights.
  • Sichuan Airlines: Chengdu (CTU) to Melbourne (MEL) on 28 February, with three weekly flights on A330-200s.

According to the latest BITRE figures for May 2013, Qantas has 17.2% of the international market followed by Emirates (9.7%) and Singapore Airlines (8.8%). Qantas’ low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar, has an additional 7.4%, giving the Qantas group of airlines just under one-quarter of the international market. Among Australian airports, Sydney has 41.2% of the international market, followed by Melbourne (23.4%), Brisbane (15.0%), and Perth (12.8%).


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