AirAsia load fac­tor rises to 89pc in Q1

New Straits Times - - Business -

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd’s load fac­tor rose to 89 per cent in the first quar­ter ended March 31, with to­tal num­ber of pas­sen­gers car­ried in­creas­ing 13 per cent year-on-year (yoy) to 15.23 mil­lion, well ahead of its nine per cent in­crease in seat ca­pac­ity.

This was three per­cent­age points higher than the same pe­riod last year, said AirAsia in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

At the end of the quar­ter, AirAsia said its to­tal fleet size stood at 176 air­craft (180, in­clud­ing two A320 air­craft no­vated from Malaysia AirAsia (MAA) to Asia Avi­a­tion Cap­i­tal (AAC) and sub­se­quently leased to a third-party air­line and two A320 air­craft de­liv­ered to AirAsia Ja­pan but yet to com­mence op­er­a­tions).

MAA achieved a load fac­tor of 90 per cent in the first quar­ter, up five per­cent­age points yoy.

AirAsia said de­mand for MAA ex­ceeded the one per cent in­crease in ca­pac­ity, with the num­ber of pas­sen­gers car­ried ris­ing by six per cent to 6.85 mil­lion.

Thai AirAsia posted a load fac­tor of 89 per cent, In­done­sia AirAsia at 82 per cent, Philip­pines AirAsia at 92 per cent and AirAsia In­dia at 89 per cent in the first quar­ter.

Thai AirAsia car­ried 4.85 mil­lion pas­sen­ger, up 11 per cent yoy, out­strip­ping nine per cent growth in ca­pac­ity.

How­ever, In­done­sia AirAsia’s num­ber of pas­sen­gers car­ried to­talled 1.53 mil­lion, four per cent lower yoy, seven per cent lower in ca­pac­ity.

AirAsia In­dia recorded the high­est growth in the num­ber of pas­sen­gers car­ried to 57 per cent yoy to 0.84 mil­lion, with 50 per cent in­crease in ca­pac­ity.

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