Air China passenger traffic up 8.5% in December

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Chinese flag carrier Air China has posted an 8.5% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, for December 2012.

The carrier's international passenger traffic rose by 3.7%, while its domestic passenger traffic rose by 11.8% and regional traffic rose by 9%.

The airline carried 3.88 million passengers in December, an increase of 7.9% year on year. Its passenger numbers grew by 9.4% to 3.19 million on domestic routes and decreased by 1.5% year on year to 517,000 on international routes. On the regional routes, passenger numbers grew by 11% to 164,000.

Air China's overall passenger capacity, as measured in ASKs, rose by 6.5%. Capacity on its domestic routes grew by 13%, while capacity on international routes fell by 2.4% and on the regional routes capacity rose by 8.8%.

The overall passenger load factor stood at 79%, an increase of 1.5 percentage points year on year.

The airline's cargo capacity, as measured in available freight tonne kilometres, climbed by 12% and its cargo load factor rose by 0.97 percentage points to 60%.

Air China's revenue freight tonne kilometres and freight tonnage carried climbed by 14% and by 11% respectively, compared with a year before.