Qantas Airways’ overall traffic up by 8.5% in January

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Australia's Qantas Airways has reported an 8.5% year-on-year growth in RPKs in January, while its passenger numbers rose by 8.3% to 4.02 million from a year before.

The airline's overall capacity, as measured in ASKs, rose by 6.8%, Qantas said. Its passenger load factor grew by 1.3 percentage points to 82.2%.

RPKs at Qantas' domestic operations increased by 3.9% year on year, while its passenger numbers rose by 2.2% to 1.27 million. The carrier's ASKs rose increased by 1%, while its passenger load factor grew by 2.2 percentage points to 78.3%.

QantasLink's RPKs were up by 10.8% year on year in January this year and its passenger numbers rose by 12.5% to 396,000. ASKs grew by 13.3%, while its passenger load factor declined by 1.4 percentage points to 62.4%.

Qantas' international traffic, as measured in RPKs, increased by 3% year on year and its passenger numbers increased by 3.6% in January to 580,000. The airline's ASKs rose by 3.4%, and its passenger load factor declined by 0.3 percentage points to 86.1%.

Low-cost subsidiary Jetstar's domestic RPKs rose by 8.2% and its passenger numbers increased by 4.3% to 1 million. Its ASKs decreased by 3.3%, while its passenger load factor grew by 9.1 percentage points to 85.6%.

Jetstar's international operations saw a 13.9% growth in RPKs and an 18.4% increase in passenger numbers to 446,000. The low-cost carrier's ASKs increased by 18.7%, and its passenger load factor was down by 3.2 percentage points to 76.5%.

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia posted a 90.4% rise in RPKs and passenger numbers increased by 48% to 324,000. Its ASKs increased by 64.4% and its passenger load factor increased by 11.3 percentage points to 83.1%.