Air New Zealand passenger traffic up 4.7% in May

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Air New Zealand (ANZ) has posted a 4.7% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic for May, as measured in RPKs.

The airline's short-haul RPKs were up by 4.3% in May, while long-haul RPKs grew by 5% compared with the corresponding month last year.

Short-haul traffic refers to routes within New Zealand, 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 grew by 2% to 910,000. Short-haul passenger numbers were up by 1.7% to 807,000, while long-haul passenger numbers grew by 4.8% to 103,000.

Total capacity, as measured by ASKs, increased by 3.1% year on year, with 1.9% and 4% growth in short-haul and long-haul capacity respectively.

The carrier's overall passenger load factor climbed by 1.2 percentage points to 79.7%.

ANZ's short-haul passenger load factor was up by 1.8 percentage points to 80.8%, while its long-haul passenger load factor grew by 0.8 percentage points to 78.9%.