Brazilian carrier Gol has reported a 9% growth in yields in February and a 2% increase in unit revenues, keeping in line with its strategy to improve network profitability in 2012.
The carrier posted a 0.7% growth in traffic during the month and a 7% growth in capacity, resulting in a 4.1 percentage point fall in the load factor to 66%.
Gol's figures include that of Webjet, which it is in the process of acquiring.
In the domestic market, Gol alone posted a 2.3% fall in demand and a 7.1% increase in capacity. The domestic load factor fell 6.1 percentage points to 64.2%.
Its international demand fell 9.3% and capacity decreased 19.7%, leading to a 7.8 percentage point growth in international load factor to 67.5%.
Webjet posted a 28.3% growth in demand and 33.1% increase in capacity. Its passenger load factor fell 2.8 percentage points to 75.7%, which is "consistent with its business proposal", says Gol.
Gol has said previously that it plans to boost yields in 2012 by keeping capacity relatively flat. It expects domestic traffic demand in Brazil to grow between 7% and 10% during the year, which would lead to domestic factors rising to between 71% and 75%.