In May 2012, Singapore Airlines said that its system-wide passenger carriage, measured in revenue passenger kilometers, recorded a year-on-year improvement of 7.1 percent, the airline said on Monday.
Singapore Airlines, in a press release, said that the system-wide passenger carriage growth outpaced growth in capacity, which is measured in available seat kilometers, and stood at 3.9 percent. As a result, passenger load factor (PLF) improved 2.2 percentage points to 75.8 percent. The number of passengers carried increased by 6.6 percent to 1.5 million people.
PLF strengthened across all regions, except for West Asia and Africa, as growth in passenger carriage outstripped growth in capacity.
Europe and Southwest Pacific regions registered strong year-on-year improvements in PLF as loads were affected by the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami last year. Promotional activities also contributed to the improvement in loads.
SilkAir’s system-wide passenger carriage increased 22.7 percent year-on-year against 25.6 percent growth in capacity.
Consequently, its PLF was 1.7 percentage points lower, at 73.2 percent. Growth in traffic lagged that of capacity increases for both regions. SilkAir, a SIA subsidiary, has increased the frequency of routes to several existing destinations and launched scheduled services to six new destinations in the past year.
Overall cargo traffic, measured in freight ton kilometers, was 7.4 percent lower than the same month last year, while cargo capacity decreased by 4.6 percent.
As a result, cargo load factor (CLF) in May 2012 fell by 1.9 percentage points. CLF decreased for all regions, except for the Southwest Pacific, West Asia and Africa.