Strong international rebound boosts AirAsia Aviation’s traffic in the third quarter | New

AirAsia Aviation carriers reported a significant increase in passenger traffic in the third quarter of the year, mainly due to a rebound in international travel demand.

In the three months to September 30 – the first full quarter since the full reopening of regional travel markets – AirAsia units in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines carried nearly 10 million passengers, a considerable increase compared to the more than 430,000 passengers transported in the same quarter last year.

Parent company Capital A adds that the figure is a 36% quarter-over-quarter increase and stands at around 54% of pre-pandemic levels.

Meanwhile, total capacity stood at around 44% of pre-pandemic levels, Capital A notes in an Oct. 26 statement.

AirAsia Malaysia carried 4.8 million passengers in the quarter, a significant increase from the lower 2021 base of just 156,000 passengers. Compared to the second quarter of the year, the figure is up 25%.

The Kuala Lumpur-based carrier also increased capacity, with ASKs up around 28% quarter-on-quarter.

It saw healthy load factors across its domestic and international networks – averaging around 86% – with the airline reporting a load factor of 95% in the quarter for its Kuala Lumpur-Singapore route.

AirAsia’s Indonesian unit carried more than one million passengers, about 49% more quarter-on-quarter. This also compares to the 15,000 passengers carried during the same period last year, when Indonesia was still under strict movement control.

Capital A also notes that international traffic was a strong boost to the carrier’s traffic, with international seats accounting for half of seats sold in the quarter.

Capacity increased by approximately 51% compared to the previous quarter, while RPKs increased by 62%. Both were significantly higher year over year.

As for Philippines AirAsia, the number of quarterly passengers increased sixfold year-on-year to 1.2 million. Compared to the previous quarter, the number of passengers increased by approximately 20%.

Capacity increased by 56%, while traffic increased by around 46% compared to the previous quarter. Compared to 2021, the airline has seen its capacity more than quintuple, while traffic has increased sixfold.

Thai AirAsia carried 2.8 million passengers in the quarter, up 34 times year-on-year. Compared to the previous quarter, the figure is an increase of approximately 64%.

The airline saw capacity increase 58% quarter-over-quarter, with RPKs up around 82%, as it attributes the rise to “continued momentum in travel” across domestic and international networks.

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