Virgin Australia's load factor flat in February

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Virgin Australia's overall passenger load factor increased by 0.2 percentage points to 70.3% in February.

The airline's domestic passenger load factor fell by 1.3 percentage points to 71.2%, while its international passenger load factor rose by 3.1 percentage points to 68.7% during the month.

Virgin Australia has reported a 0.5% year-on-year increase in its domestic passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, for February.

The carrier's overall passenger numbers decreased by 2.4% year on year to 1.41 million during the month.

Domestic passenger numbers fell by 2.5% to 1.25 million, and international passenger numbers slipped by 1.4% to 159,000 in February, says the carrier.

Virgin Australia's overall capacity, as measured in ASKs, increased by 0.7% during the period. Its domestic capacity rose by 2.4%, while international capacity fell by 2.5%.

Comparisons with the previous corresponding period are affected by the extra day in February 2012, as a result of the leap year.