Qantas Airways overall traffic up by 4% in September

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Australia's Qantas Airways has reported a 4% year-on-year growth in RPKs in September 2011, while its passenger numbers rose by 3.3% to 3.91 million from a year before.

The airline's overall capacity, measured in ASKs, rose by 4.8%, Qantas said. Its passenger load factor fell by 0.6 percentage points to 81.9%.

RPKs at Qantas' domestic operations declined by 2.9% year on year, while its passenger numbers decreased by 3.5% to 1.45 million. The carrier's ASKs fell by 1.4%, while its passenger load factor fell by 1.2 percentage points to 81.3%.

QantasLink's RPKs were up by 3.9% year on year in September this year and its passenger numbers rose by 9.1% to 443,000. ASKs grew by 8.9%, while its passenger load factor declined by 3.3 percentage points to 69%.

Qantas' international traffic, measured in RPKs, increased by 2.5% year on year and its passenger numbers increased by 0.4% in September to 507,000. The airline's ASKs rose by 2.1%, and its passenger load factor grew by 0.4 percentage points to 85.1%.

Low-cost subsidiary Jetstar's domestic RPKs rose by 12.4% and its passenger numbers increased by 9.1% to 878,000. Its ASKs increased by 9.8%, while its passenger load factor grew by 1.9 percentage points to 82.2%.

Jetstar's international operations had a 2% growth in RPKs and a 9.7% increase in passenger numbers to 371,000. The low-cost carrier's ASKs increased by 7.7%, and its passenger load factor was down by 4.2 percentage points to 76.3%.

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia posted a 53.4% rise in RPKs and passenger numbers increased by 17.1% to 251,000. Its ASKs increased by 51.7% and its passenger load factor increased by 0.9 percentage points to 75.3%.

The impact of the strikes on Qantas domestic volumes were largely offset by the strong volumes at low-cost subsidiary, JetStar.