AirAsia X announces 2Q15 traffic data

AirAsia X has reported its operating statistics for the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15).

Revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) fell 23% to 3,893 million from 5,036 million, though available seat kilometres (ASKs) in 2Q15 were cut by just 9% to 5,693 million from 6,265 million in 2Q14.

The load factor this fell 68% from 80% and the number of passengers carried fell by 20% to 810,944 from 1,019,271 for the respective quarters.

The company said it expected this change as passenger traffic was set back by the marketing halt in 1Q15 with respect to the QZ8501 accident and brand damage in Australia caused by the Bali–Melbourne disruption. The company has since restarted marketing activities and taken initiatives to restore its brand in Australia.

The ASK decrease came partly from a frequency reduction to Australia as well as the termination of the Adelaide and Nagoya services in 1Q15. However, excess capacity from this quarter, was deployed on short-term wet lease and charter operations in order to maximise revenue.

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