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AirAsia saw 25% passenger increase last year

Publication Date : 11-02-2014


AirAsia Bhd flew a total of 42.61 million passengers for the whole of 2013, up 25% from 34.13 million passenger in 2012.

According to AirAsia preliminary operating statistics released on February 10, the Malaysia-based low-cost carrier carried 11.8 million passengers, a whopping 28% increase, in fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2013, compared with 9.21 million in the previous corresponding quarter.

It said the group recorded a load factor of 81% in the fourth quarter.

For the full year, AirAsia said the growth in capacity stood at 26% allowing the group to close the year with load factor of 79%. It said including the 11 aircraft from the acquisition of Zest Air (rebranded to AirAsia Zest), the group took in an additional 39 aircraft in total, bringing the total fleet size to 154 at the end of 2013.

In 2013, AirAsia said it carried 21.85 million passengers from Malaysia (2012: 19.67 million), 10.5 million from Thailand (2012: 8.3 million), 7.85 million from Indonesia (2012: 5.84 million) and 2.22 million from the Philippines (2012: 311,016).

Malaysia AirAsia (MAA) posted record high load factor of 85% in the fourth quarter to Dec 31, 2013, up 3 percentage points as compared with the same period last year despite competitive pressures.

“Being seasonally its strongest quarter due to the holiday season, demand exceeded capacity with 14% increase in the number of passengers carried at 5.9 million and 10% increase in capacity, as a result of the company’s continuous load active yield passive strategy,” it said.

MAA added three new aircraft and closed the year with a total of 72 aircraft. For the financial year ended Dec 31 (FY13), MAA maintained a strong load factor of 80%, and carried a total of 21.9 million passengers.

Meanwhile, Thai AirAsia (TAA) recorded a solid load factor of 81% in the fourth quarter despite the political protest in Bangkok.

This was on the back of a high increase of 30% year-on-year in the number of passengers carried at around three million, and 32% increase in capacity.

TAA took in an additional four aircraft in the fourth quarter, and ended the year with a total fleet of 35 aircraft. For FY13, TAA’s load factor stood at 83%, and carried over 10.5 million passengers.

Indonesia AirAsia (IAA) maintained its year-on-year load factor at 76% in the fourth quarter. Total number of passengers carried increased at a high rate of 33% year-on-year to 2.2 million which is in line with the 32% year-on-year increase in capacity. For FY13, IAA posted a load factor of 76%, with a total of 7.9 million passengers carried.


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