Posted on: 08 November 2013 by Mark Howells
AirAsia has reported operating statistics for the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13), featuring a Group-wide load factor of 76%.
The total number of passengers carried for the whole Group grew by 27% year-on-year to approximately 10.61 million. AirAsia Group had 32 more aircraft in 3Q13 compared with 3Q12.
For the first time the traffic statistics feature Zest Air figures consolidated under Philippines’ AirAsia and the Group. In addition, following the dissolution of AirAsia Japan, its numbers are excluded from the Group’s figures.
Malaysia AirAsia (MAA) maintained a load factor of 77% in 3Q13 despite being a non-peak quarter due to the fasting month for Muslims. Compared with 3Q12, MAA had an additional seven aircraft.
The carrier reported a passenger increase of 11% to 5.3 million matching its 11% capacity increase. MAA added frequencies on routes involving Kuala Lumpur, Kunming, Banda Aceh, Tiruchirappalli, and Pekan Baru as well as introducing a new daily service from Kota Kinabalu to Hangzhou.
Thai AirAsia (TAA) recorded a load factor of 83% in 3Q13, up by 1 percentage point on 3Q12. The number of passengers carried increased by 30% to 2.6 million, ahead of its increase in capacity of 27%. During the quarter, TAA increased its frequencies in three routes which were from Bangkok to Chong Qing, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Since 3Q12, TAA had an additional six aircraft, bringing its fleet to 31 at the end of September 2013.
Indonesia AirAsia (IAA) posted a load factor of 75% in 3Q13, down by 3 pp compared with 3Q12, caused partly by a record capacity increase of 41% for the respective periods. Despite the slight decline in load factor, passenger growth year-on-year was up 36%. Five new routes were introduced in 3Q13, namely Bali–Darwin, Bali–Kota Kinabalu, Medan–Singapore, Surabaya–Singapore and Makassar–Singapore. In addition, IAA increased frequencies on two routes, Medan–Jakarta, Jakarta–Jogyakarta. At the end of 3Q13, IAA had 26 aircraft, seven more than at the end of 3Q12.
The operating statistics for Philippines’AirAsia (PAA) for 3Q13 and moving forward combine PAA’s and Zest Air’s statistics in line with the launch of a unified brand – AirAsia Zest – which the company believes will bring stronger brand awareness. In 3Q13, PAA reported a 4 pp increase in its load factor to 59%. The total number of passengers carried was 0.73 million – up 525%, with a capacity increase of 483% compared with 3Q12.
The increase in PAA’s operating numbers was due to the focus on Manila slots. PAA has increased its frequencies in five of its Manila routes – to Shanghai, Cebu, Kalibo, Bacolod, and Tacloban – and and one in its Clark route to Hong Kong. At the end of the period, PAA had a total of 14 aircraft, an increase of 12 aircraft since the end of 3Q12.
Moving forward, the hub in Clark will cease operations and will be moved to Manila.