ANZ passenger traffic down 3% in February

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Air New Zealand (ANZ) has posted a 3% fall in passenger traffic in February, led by a decline in traffic in its long-haul sector.

RPKs for the Star Alliance carrier's short-haul market grew 0.5%, while its long-haul RPKs fell 5%.

Short-haul traffic refer to flights within New Zealand, to Australia and the Pacific Islands. Long-haul traffic refers to that to Asia, North America and Europe.

The total number of passengers carried by ANZ decreased 3% to 997,000 from a year ago. Short-haul passenger numbers grew 4% to 857,000, and long-haul passenger numbers fell 4% to 140,000.

Overall capacity, as measured by ASKs, was cut 8%, says ANZ. Short-haul capacity was down 6%, while long-haul capacity declined 9%.

ANZ's overall passenger load factor grew 4.5 percentage points to 83.2% from 78.7%, says the airline.