26 July 2012

AirAsia Bhd carried 8.258 million passengers in its second quarter of 2012, up 13%, from 7.347 million passengers last year

AirAsia Bhd carried 8.258 million passengers in its second quarter of 2012, up 13 per cent, from 7.347 million passengers last year.

The budget carrier said in a statement that the capacity increased by 13 per cent to 10.462 million seats, while load factor was 79 per cent compared to 80 per cent last year.

AirAsia added seven aircraft, raising its fleet to 100.

The airline strengthened its Malaysian operations in the domestic and international market by increasing frequencies on Kuala Lumpur-Terengganu, KL-Langkawi, KL-Vientiane, Langkawi-Singapore, KL-Saigon and utilising one new aircraft that was delivered end-May 2012.

In Malaysia alone, there was an increase of 10 per cent in the number of passengers carried to 4.90 million, from 4.47 million last year. The load factor was 80 per cent compared to 81 per cent in 2011.

Its affiliate Thai AirAsia carried 1.93 million passengers, an increase of 20 per cent compared to last year's 1.61 million.

AirAsia said the increase was supported through an extended capacity of 19 per cent with new Chiang Mai-Macau route and additional frequency for its Bangkok-Trang route for the quarter.

It posted a strong load factor of 79 per cent in second quarter, an increase of one percentage point year-on-year.

Indonesia AirAsia posted a stronger load factor of 78 per cent, or increased two percentage point year-on-year, as the result of capacity expansion followed by strong passenger demand.

Passengers carried increased by 15 per cent to 1.44 million, from 1.25 million last year, whereas capacity increased by 12 per cent year-on-year.

It continued to strengthen its hub via the introduction of Bandung-Penang, Bandung-Pekanbaru and Denpasar-Yogyakarta. It also added frequency for Bandung-KL and Denpasar-Surabaya.

Source: www.btimes.com.my


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