AirAsia X announces 56% growth in 2Q11

AirAsia X has announced that, similar to its 56.5% growth in passengers carried in the first quarter of 2011, it carried 0.62 million passengers in the second quarter, again an increase of 56% over the respective quarter in 2010.

During the second quarter, AirAsia X added services to Christchurch on 1 April 2011, bringing its route network to 15 destinations globally.

AirAsia X grew its revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) by 66.6% to 3.5 billion for 2Q11. Its capacity in available seat kilometres (ASKs) grew by 60.2% to 4.5 billion, resulting in a load factor of 79%. This is an increase of 4 percentage-points from the same quarter in 2010, when it registered a load factor of 75%.

Cargo operations continued to be strong, with AirAsia X carrying 8,998 tons of freight, registering a 68% growth from a year ago.

“Our continued growth points to a clear positive demand trajectory for 2011 compared to 2010, despite the challenge of higher and more volatile fuel prices which has led to higher air fares,” remarked Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X. “We are confident we will keep growing into the second half of 2011, especially now that we have recently been granted route approvals from the Government. We are now preparing to launch additional routes to further strengthen our network.

“We are also seeing more passengers taking advantage of our convenient Fly-Thru connecting transfer service to seamlessly purchase two flight sectors and connect in Kuala Lumpur,” Osman-Rani added. “Given this demand, we have recently added more AirAsia stations across Asia to the Fly-Thru network to provide more convenient options to fly to or from AirAsia X destinations.”

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