Air New Zealand traffic up 5.5% in September

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Air New Zealand (ANZ) has reported a 5.5% growth in RPKs in September, compared with the corresponding period a year ago.

Short-haul RPKs rose 8.9%, while long-haul RPKs grew up 3.1% for the period. Short-haul traffic refers to that in New Zealand, Australia and Pacific Islands, while long-haul traffic refers to that in Asia, North America and Europe, says the Star Alliance carrier.

In real terms, the total number of passengers rose 7.4% to 1.27 million. Short-haul passenger numbers were up 8.2% to 1.11 million, while long-haul passenger numbers grew 1.9% to 161,000.

Overall capacity, as measured by ASKs, inched up 0.7%. Short-haul ASKs were up 2.1%, while the capacity for long haul flights declined 0.4%, adds ANZ.

Group load factor grew 3.9 percentage points to 86.2%. Short-haul load factors were up 5.3 percentage points to 84.3% and long-haul loads were three percentage points higher at 87.7%.