Japan Airlines traffic falls 12.3% in FY2011

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Japan Airlines (JAL) has posted a 12.3% decline in domestic passenger traffic in FY2011, compared with last year.

Domestic capacity for the year to 31 March, as measured in ASKs, fell by 13.5% while total passenger numbers declined by 13.1% to 29 million. The load factor stood at 62.7%, says the Oneworld alliance member.

Traffic on international routes for FY2011 decreased by 20.3% against a capacity decline of 16.8% year on year. JAL carried 6.8 million passengers in FY2011, down by 20.2% year on year. The airline's international load factor was 70.4%.

The amount of international cargo and domestic carried by JAL in the fiscal year declined by 40% to 238,000t and by 13.3% to 382,000t respectively.

For March, domestic RPKs increased by 24.5% year on year against a capacity growth of 4.6%, which led to a load factor of 65.2%. Passenger numbers grew by 20% from the previous year to 2.6 million.

JAL's international RPKs and ASKs grew by 24.8% and 1.6% respectively. The load factor stood at 79.6% and passenger numbers increased by 23.3% year on year to 676,000.

The carrier's cargo tonnage on international routes increased by 9.5% year on year to 22,400t in March, but declined by 3.6% on domestic routes to 33,300t.