Air China passenger load factor up 5.3ppts in February

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Chinese flag carrier Air China has posted an overall passenger load factor of 83.5% in February, up by 5.3 percentage points year on year.

The total passenger traffic as measured in RPKs increased by 15%.

The carrier's international passenger traffic went up by 5.6%, while its domestic passenger traffic grew by 18% and regional traffic increased by 31%.

The airline carried a total of 6.24 million passengers in February, an increase of 15% year on year. Its passenger numbers went up by 15% to 5.35 million on domestic routes and rose by 2.7% year on year to 552,000 on international routes. On the regional routes, passenger numbers grew by 31% to 332,000.

Air China's overall passenger capacity, as measured in ASKs, increased by 7.5%. Capacity on its domestic routes grew by 9.4%, while capacity on international routes went up by 1.3% and on regional routes, capacity rose by 18%.

The airline's overall cargo capacity, as measured in available freight tonne kilometres, increased by 2.2% and its cargo load factor decreased by 9.1 percentage points to 43.2%.

Air China's revenue freight tonne kilometres fell by 16%, while freight tonnage carried went down by 20%.

The consolidated data for the month includes those by Air China, Air China Cargo, Shenzhen Airlines, Air Macau and Dalian Airlines.