Air New Zealand passenger load factor up 2ppts in February

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Air New Zealand's (ANZ) passenger load factor increased by 2 percentage points to 83.3% year on year in February.

ANZ's short-haul passenger load factor rose by 1 percentage point to 83%, while its long-haul passenger load factor rose by 2.7 percentage points to 83.5%.

The airline's overall passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, increased by 4.4% from February 2012, which had an extra day because of the leap year.

Its short-haul RPKs increased by 6.1%, while its long-haul RPKs increased by 3.1%.

ANZ carried 1.06 million passengers in February, a rise of 2.5% from the same month last year.

The carrier's short-haul passenger numbers increased by 2.8% to 933,000, while its long-haul passenger numbers increased by 0.5% to 129,000.

Its total capacity, as measured by ASKs, grew by 1.9%, with a 4.8% increase in short-haul capacity and a 0.3% decrease in long-haul capacity.