AirAsia overall passenger traffic up 19% in Q1 2013

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AirAsia Group has reported 19% year-on-year growth in its passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, for the first quarter of 2013.

For the three months to March, passenger capacity, as measured in ASKs, increased by 21%, while the number of passengers carried grew by 19% to 9.78 million. Load factor for the quarter fell by 1 percentage point to 79%.

Malaysia AirAsia reported 8% year-on-year growth in passenger traffic against a 11% rise in passenger capacity. Its load factor dropped by 1 percentage point to 79%, while passenger numbers increased by 7% to 5.17 million.

Thai AirAsia posted 20% year-on-year growth in RPKs, while its ASKs rose by 19%. The carrier's load factor remained flat at 87%, as passenger numbers grew by 20% to 2.56 million.

Indonesia AirAsia reported a 28% increase in RPKs, while ASKs grew by 30%. Load factor decreased by 2 percentage points to 75%, while passenger numbers increased by 35% to 1.72 million.

Philippines AirAsia's load factor for the quarter stood at 76%, while passengers carried amounted to 144,000.

The load factor for Japan AirAsia was at 70%, and passenger numbers were 182,000.

This is the first quarter that AirAsia disclosed operating figures for Philippines AirAsia and AirAsia Japan.