Air New Zealand passenger traffic up 1.6% in March

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Air New Zealand (ANZ) posted a 1.6% growth in passenger traffic for March 2012.

The airline's short-haul RPKs were up by 2.4% in March, while long-haul RPKs climbed 0.9%.

Short-haul traffic refers to routes within New Zealand and from Australia and the Pacific Islands, while long-haul traffic refers to routes from Asia, North America and Europe, says Air New Zealand.

Total passengers carried declined by 0.1% to 1.29 million. Short-haul passenger numbers were down by 0.2% to 1.14 million, while long-haul passenger numbers grew 1% to 152,000.

Total capacity, as measured by ASKs, declined 1.6% year on year with a 0.7% and 2.4% decline in short-haul and long-haul capacity respectively.

ANZ's overall passenger load factor grew by 2.6 percentage points to 82.4%.

The carrier's short-haul passenger load factor was up by 2.4 percentage points to 83%, while its long-haul passenger load factor increased by 2.8 percentage points to 81.9%.