Qantas traffic up 5.1% in February

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Australia's Qantas Airways has reported a 5.1% growth in RPKs in February, while passenger numbers also rose 5.1% to 3.34 million from a year before.

Overall capacity, as measured by ASKs, rose 7.2%. The passenger load factor fell 1.6 percentage points to 77.9%.

RPKs at Qantas' domestic operations declined 1.4%, and passenger numbers fell 0.8% to 1.25 million. ASKs grew 1.8%, while the passenger load factor fell 2.5 percentage points to 76.6%.

QantasLink's RPKs were up 6.2%, and its passenger numbers rose 8.7% to 351,000. ASKs grew by 4.1%, while the passenger load factor increased 1.3 percentage points to 64.6%.

Qantas' international traffic, measured in RPKs, increased 3%, and its passenger numbers were up 0.9% to 466,000. ASKs rose 2.8%, and the passenger load factor was grew 0.2 percentage points to 80.3%.

Low-cost subsidiary Jetstar's domestic operations reported a 19% rise in RPKs, and passenger numbers increased 15% to 728,000. ASKs increased 27%, while the passenger load factor declined 4.9 percentage points to 77.8%.

Jetstar's international operations reported an 8.3% increase in RPKs, and a 5.2% growth in passenger numbers to 326,000. ASKs increased 15%, and the passenger load factor was down by 4.6 percentage points to 75.1%.

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia has posted a 29% growth in RPKs and passenger numbers rose 14% to 215,000. ASKs increased 34% and the passenger load factor decreased by three percentage points to 76.1%.