Air New Zealand passenger traffic up 4% in August

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Air New Zealand’s overall passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, increased by 4.2% in August compared with the same period last year.

The carrier's short-haul RPKs increased by 5.2%, while long-haul RPKs rose by 3.3%.

The airline carried 1.03 million passengers in August, an increase of 6.3% year on year.

The carrier's short-haul passenger numbers went up by 6.8% to 918,000, while its long-haul passenger numbers grew by 2.8% to 119,000.

Its total capacity, as measured in ASKs, rose by 2.1%, with a 3.7% increase in short-haul capacity and a 0.6% growth in long-haul capacity.

The carrier's overall passenger load factor increased by 1.7 percentage points to 83.3%, while its short-haul passenger load factor rose by 1.1 percentage points to 81.6% and long-haul passenger load factor rose by 2.3 percentage points to 84.9%.

The airline's group-wide yields for the financial year to date were flat on the same period last year. Short-haul yields were down 1%, while long-haul yields were up 0.3%. Removing the impact of foreign exchange, group-wide yields were up 2%