Singapore Airlines passenger traffic up 2% in September

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Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, increased by 1.8% in September compared with the same period a year ago.

The carrier’s passenger capacity, as measured in ASKs, rose 2.6%. However, its passenger load factor declined by 0.7 percentage points to 79.9%.

SIA attributed the lower passenger load factor in September to an earlier Eid-ul-Fitr holiday this year. It noted that all route regions saw a lower load factor, except for those to the Americas and in East Asia.

The number of passengers carried by the airline increased 3.6% to 1.55 million. Passenger traffic at its subsidiary SilkAir increased by 3.5%, while capacity grew by 10%. The number of passengers, however, remained unchanged at 249,000, which led to a decline of its passenger load factor by 4 percentage points to 64.9%.

SIA Cargo’s overall traffic, as measured in freight tonne kilometres, decreased by 6.7%, while its capacity fell by 5.1%. Its cargo load factor went down by 1.1 percentage points to 63%.

The overall passenger and cargo load factor for the SIA Group declined marginally by 0.1 percentage points to 69.7%.