KUALA LUMPUR – AirAsia Bhd posted a load factor of 87 per cent for the third quarter 2016 (3Q16), up six percentage points from the same period last year.
In a statement today, AirAsia said, the total number of passengers carried increased by 11 per cent year-on-year (yoy) to 14.23 million, well ahead of the two per cent increase in seat capacity.
“At end-3Q16, the group’s total fleet size stood at 173 aircraft, including two aircraft delivered to AirAsia Japan but yet to commence operations,” it said.
On country operations, it said, Malaysia AirAsia’s (MAA) load factor rose seven percentage points (ppts) to a record high of 89 per cent in 3Q16.
Its passenger numbers grew five per cent yoy to 6.63 million, while capacity slipped three per cent, it said.
It said MAA ended the quarter with a fleet size of 77 aircraft, including two newly-delivered Airbus A320neo.
AirAsia said for Thai AirAsia (TAA), its load factor was up three ppts yoy to 84 per cent in 3Q16 with passengers carried expanded by 21 per cent yoy to 4.33 million, more than the 17 per cent increase in capacity.
During the quarter, TAA started operating the Hat Yai–Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok–Vientiane routes, as well as, increased frequencies on the Bangkok–Udon Thani route, it said.
It said TAA ended the quarter with a fleet size of 49 aircraft.
As for Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines AirAsia and AirAsia India, load factor during 3Q16 stood at 90 per cent, 83 per cent and 88 per cent respectively, it said.
AirAsia said the fleet size for these countries as at end reviewed quarter stood at 22, 15 and eight aircraft respectively.- BERNAMA