Malaysia Airlines passenger traffic up 25% in March

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Malaysia Airlines' (MAS) total passenger traffic measured in RPKs rose by 25% in March compared with the same period a year earlier.

Its domestic RPKs grew by 8.5%, while its international RPKs went up by 27%.

The carrier's total passenger numbers increased by 19% to 1.31 million, while its domestic passenger numbers climbed by 9.7% to 462,000 and international passenger numbers rose by 25% to 847,000.

The airline's overall capacity, as measured in ASKs, grew by 19%. Domestic capacity grew by 7% and international capacity increased by 20%.

The airline's overall passenger load factor grew by 3.9 percentage points to 78.9%. The domestic passenger load factor increased by 1 percentage point to 70.4% and the international passenger load factor rose by 4.2 percentage points to 79.9%.

On the cargo front, MAS's freight traffic in load tonne kilometres rose by 21%, and capacity as measured in capacity tonne kilometres increased by 19%.

The airline's freight load factor went up by 1 percentage point to 69%.