Monday, 4 February 2013

AirAsia Group carried 33.8m passengers in 2012, up 13% on-year

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Group carried 33.826 million passengers in the financial year ended Dec 31, 2012 (FY12) an increase of 13% from the 29.859 million carried in 2011.

The low-cost carrier said on Monday the increase in FY12 was also in line with its capacity, based on the number of seats flown, which rose 13% also to 42.423 million from 37.505 million.

Its load factor, based on the number of passengers carried as a percentage of capacity, was unchanged at 80%.

AirAsia said year-on-year, Malaysia AirAsia, Thai AirAsia and Indonmesia AirAsia took in an additional 17 aircraft, increasing the group's total fleet to 113 at the end of 2012. If Philippines' AirAsia and AirAsia Japan were included, this would increase to 118 aircraft.

For the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2012 (Q412), Malaysia AirAsia posted a high load factor of 82%. It carried 5.205 million passengers, a 7% increase on-year from 4.854 million, which is in line with the increase in capacity.

The increase in capacity was to cater to the additional frequencies on existing routes and five new routes. They were Kuala Lumpur-Lombok, KL-Nanning, KL-Kunming, Kota Kinabalu-Guangzhou and KL-Solo (re-launched).

It said Malaysia AirAsia added five new aircraft in Q412 and had 64 aircraft as of end-2012. Thai AirAsia recorded a load factor of 82% in Q412, up 4% on-year. It carried 2.272 million passengers, up 25% versus capacity increase of 19%.

Since it started operating from Don Mueang International Airport on Oct 1, it had started three new routes. They were Bangkok-Mandalay, Bangkok-Wuhan and Bangkok-Xian. It added two aircraft in Q412, increasing the total fleet to 27 aircraft. As for Indonesia AirAsia, it recorded a strong load factor of 76% in Q412 with about 1.613 million passengers carried, up 29% on-year. The 31% increase in capacity from the same period in 2011 was to support the increase in frequencies and the additional seven new routes.

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