Qantas Airways’ overall traffic up by 8.7% in March

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Australia's Qantas Airways has reported an 8.7% year-on-year growth in RPKs in March and a 7% rise in its passenger numbers to 4 million, as compared with the same period a year earlier.

The airline's overall capacity, as measured in ASKs, rose by 4.1%. Its passenger load factor rose by 3.3 percentage points to 79.8%.

RPKs at Qantas' domestic operations increased by 2.7% year on year, while its passenger numbers rose by 0.1% to 1.45 million. The carrier's ASKs increased by 2.5%, while its passenger load factor grew by 0.1 percentage points to 78.5%.

QantasLink's RPKs were up by 9.1% year on year in March and its passenger numbers rose by 8.3% to 460,000. ASKs grew by 9%, while its passenger load factor increased by 0.1 percentage points to 67%.

Qantas' international traffic, as measured in RPKs, increased by 6.9% year on year and its passenger numbers grew by 5.4% in March to 511,000. The airline's ASKs rose by 0.1% and its passenger load factor grew by 5.2 percentage points to 82.3%.

Low-cost subsidiary Jetstar's domestic RPKs rose by 10.5% and its passenger numbers increased by 10.6% to 879,000. Its ASKs rose by 3.9%, while its passenger load factor grew by 4.9 percentage points to 82.9%.

Jetstar's international operations registered a 14.3% growth in RPKs and a 12.4% increase in passenger numbers to 400,000. The low-cost carrier's ASKs increased by 9.5% and its passenger load factor increased by 3.1 percentage points to 74.4%.

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia posted a 38.9% rise in RPKs and its passenger numbers increased by 31.2% to 297,000. Its ASKs increased by 35.6% and its passenger load factor increased by 1.9 percentage points to 80.8%.