Published: Wednesday July 25, 2012 MYT 4:10:00 PM
AirAsia carried 8.258m passengers in April-June
KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd group carried 8.285 million passengers in the April to June quarter, which was a 13% increase from the 7.347 million passengers a year ago.
The low-cost carrier said on Wednesday the capacity increased by 13% to 10.46 million seats from 9.22 million seats a year ago.
Load factor was 79% compared with 80% while the number of aircraft increased to 100 planes from 93 planes a year ago.
On the Malaysian operations, the airline strengthened its leading position in the domestic and international market by increasing frequencies on Kuala Lumpur-Terengganu, KL-Langkawi, KL-Vientiane, Langkawi-Singapore, KL-Saigon utilising one new aircraft that was delivered end-May 2012.
The number of passengers carried increased by 10% to 4.90 million from 4.47 million. The load factor was 80% compared with 81% a year ago.
As for Thai AirAsia, it posted a load factor of 79%, up 1.0 percentage point on-year, while it carried carrying a 20% year-on-year increase on passengers of 1.9 million for the quarter.
The increase was underpinned by an expanded capacity of 19% with new Chiang Mai - Macau route and additional frequency for the new route Bangkok - Trang for the quarter.
Indonesia AirAsia recorded a load factor of 78%, up 2.0 percentage points on-year due to capacity expansion and strong passenger demand.
Passengers carried increased by 15% whereas capacity increased by 12% year-on-year.
In 2Q12, it strengthened its hub with Bandung-Penang, Bandung-Pekanbaru and Denpasar-Yogyakarta. It also increased the frequency for Bandung-KL and Denpasar-Surabaya.