AirAsia X records 29 pct passenger growth in 2Q
Posted on August 18, 2012, Saturday
KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia X has recorded strong growth in the second quarter of 2012, carrying 0.58 million passengers, representing a 28.9 per cent growth over the same quarter in 2011 for continuing routes.
The figures exclude London, Paris, Mumbai, New Delhi and Christchurch, which have been withdrawn earlier in 2012.
AirAsia X commenced services into Sydney in April, bringing its route network to 13 destinations across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, the AirAsia Group said in a statement.
In terms of passenger traffic, AirAsia X achieved 3.8 billion available seat kilometres (ASKs) and 3.1 billion revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) for the second quarter of 2012, resulting in a 82 per cent load factor, it said.
This was an increase of four percentage points from the second quarter of 2011 load factor of 78 per cent, it said.
All routes that AirAsia X has operated for over a year have yielded an increase in load factor in the second quarter of 2012 versus the second quarter of 2011.
Cargo operations continued to be strong, with AirAsia X carrying 7,374 tonnes of freight in the second quarter of 2012 and 14,781 tonnes for the first half of 2012, registering a nine per cent growth from a year ago for its continuing routes.
For the first half of 2012, AirAsia X carried a total of 1.1 million passengers, reflecting an increase of 16.6 per cent versus the first half of 2011 on the continuing routes.
AirAsia X achieved ASKs of 8.3 billion and RPKs of seven billion in the first half of 2012, representing a load factor of 84 per cent, which was a five percentage point increase versus the first half 2011 load factor of 79 per cent.
Azran Osman-Rani, chief executive officer of AirAsia X, said AirAsia X remains bullish on the prospects of the year for the long-haul and low-cost segment.
“As we are currently focusing on increasing capacity in our identified core markets including Australia, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.
We expect to see a stronger presence in Asia-Pacific in the near future,” he added.
AirAsia X was the low-cost and long-haul affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently flies to destinations in China, Australia, Taiwan¸ Iran, South Korea, Japan and Nepal. — Bernama