Qantas traffic up 8.5% in January

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Australia's Qantas Airways has reported an 8.5% growth in RPKs in January, while passenger numbers rose 9.5% to 3.72 million from 3.40 million in the same month a year ago.

Overall capacity, as measured by ASKs, rose 8.9%. The passenger load factor fell 0.3 percentage points to 80.9%.

RPKs at Qantas' domestic operations decrease 0.1%, and passenger numbers increased 0.1% to 1.25 million. ASKs grew 2.8%, while the passenger load factor fell 2.2 percentage points to 76.2%.

QantasLink's RPKs were up 9.7%, and its passenger numbers rose 14.2% to 352,000. ASKs increased by 6.9%, while the passenger load factor grew 1.6 percentage points to 63.8%.

Qantas' international operations measured in RPKs increased 5.9%, and its passenger numbers were up 3.3% to 560,000. ASKs rose 3.5%, and the passenger load factor was up two percentage points to 86.5%.

Low-cost subsidiary Jetstar's domestic operations reported a 33.8% rise in RPKs, and passenger numbers increased 29% to 962,000. ASKs surge 43.2%, and the passenger load factor declined 5.3 percentage points to 76.5%.

Jetstar's international operations reported a 10.2% increase in RPKs, and a 5.3% growth in passenger numbers to 377,000. ASKs increased 8.5%, and the passenger load factor rose by 1.2 percentage points to 79.7%.

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia has posted a 27.8% growth in RPKs and passenger numbers rose 13.3% to 219,000. ASKs increased 38.1% and the passenger load factor decreased by 5.8 percentage points to 71.8%.