Air New Zealand (ANZ) has posted a 2.9% increase in passenger traffic in April.
Short-haul RPKs were up 8.8%, while long-haul RPKs fell 1.7%. Short-haul traffic refers to that in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands, while long-haul traffic refers to that in Asia, North America and Europe, said the Star Alliance carrier.
In terms of real numbers, the total number of passengers carried grew 5% to 1.01 million. Short-haul passenger numbers were up 5.9% to 898,000, while long-haul passenger numbers declined 1.7% to 108,000.
Total capacity, as measured by ASKs, decreased 0.6%. Short-haul capacity grew 6.8%, and long-haul capacity was down 6.4%, added ANZ.
The overall passenger load factor grew 2.9 percentage points to 82.3%, said ANZ. Its short-haul passenger load factor was up 1.5 percentage points to 82% and the long-haul passenger load factor grew 3.9 percentage points to 82.5%.