Virgin Australia domestic passenger traffic down 4% in May

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Virgin Australia's domestic passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, decreased by 4.4% year on year in May.

The carrier's overall passenger numbers fell by 4.2% year on year to 1.55 million.

Domestic passenger numbers fell by 5.1% to 1.35 million and international passenger numbers rose by 2.9% to 198,000 in May, the carrier says.

The airline's overall capacity, as measured in ASKs, increased by 4.4% during the period. Its domestic capacity went up by 5%, while international capacity grew by 3.3%.

Virgin Australia's overall passenger load factor dropped by 5.1 percentage points to 71%. Its domestic passenger load factor fell by 6.8 percentage points to 69.3% and international passenger load factor decreased by 2.2 percentage points to 73.8%.