AirAsia X Records 40.7% Passenger Growth in the Third Quarter of 2012AirAsia X, the long-haul, low fare airline, has recorded strong growth again in the third quarter of 2012, carrying 0.64 million passengers, representing growth of 40.7% over the same quarter in 2011 for continuing routes*. AirAsia X added services to Kathmandu in July 2012, bringing its route network to 12 destinations globally.
In terms of passenger traffic, AirAsia X achieved 3.9 billion Available-Seat-Kms (ASKs) and 3.2 billion Revenue-Passenger-Kms (RPKs) for Q3 2012, resulting in a load factor of 83%, an increase of 3.3 percentage points over the same quarter in 2011, in which it registered a passenger load factor of 80%.All routes that AirAsia X has operated for over a year have yielded a positive increase in load factor over this time period.
For the first nine months of 2012, AirAsia X has carried a total of 1.91 million passengers, reflecting an increase of 1.7% from the same period in 2011. Although RPKs and ASKs have contracted by 2.8% and 5.3%, respectively, in comparison with 2011, the company has recorded a higher load factor of 84%, an increase of 4.5 ppt over the same period in 2011.
Cargo operations also continue to be strong, with AirAsia X carrying 7,251 tonnes of freight in the third quarter and 19,714 tonnes for the first nine months of 2012, registering growth of 13% growth over the first nine months of 2011 for its continuing routes*.
Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X said, “AirAsia X will continue to focus on increasing capacity in our identified core markets including Australia, China, Taiwan Korea, and Japan. Moving forward, we are set to grow our fleet with an additional 24 A330-300 aircraft between 2013 and 2017 which will see AirAsia X expand further in the long-haul segment across Asia Pacific. Our move to KLIA 2 next year will also provide us the right infrastructure and enhanced ground facilities needed to support our growing network and feeder traffic for better connectivity within the AirAsia Group.”
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*excluding London, Paris, Mumbai, Delhi and Christchurch, which were suspended earlier this yearGoogle+