Virgin Australia’s domestic traffic up 3.7% in August

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Virgin Australia reported 3.7% growth in its domestic paasenger traffic for August as measured in RPKs August, compared with the same period last year.

The carrier's overall passenger numbers increased by 2.7% year on year to 1.66 million during the month.

Domestic passenger numbers rose by 2.3% to 1.44 million, while international passenger numbers increased by 4.9% to 220,000 in August, according to a statement by the group.

Overall capacity, as measured in ASKs, increased by 6.6%. Domestic capacity rose by 9.6%, while international capacity grew by 2.2%.

Virgin Australia's overall passenger load factor declined by 2.4 percentage points to 75.7%. The carrier's domestic passenger load factor fell by 4.3 percentage points to 75.3%, while its international passenger load factor increased by 0.6 percentage points to 76.4%.

For July, the airline posted 3.8% growth in its domestic passenger traffic as measured in RPKs, compared with the same month in 2011.

Virgin Australia's total passenger numbers for July grew by 2% to 1.69 million. Domestic passenger numbers rose by 1.5% to 1.46 million, while international passenger numbers increased by 5.2% to 236,000 in July.

Overall capacity, as measured in ASKs, grew by 7%. Domestic capacity climbed by 9%, while international capacity increased by 4%.

The airline's overall passenger load factor fell by 3.5 percentage points to 78.6%. Its domestic passenger load factor fell by 4 percentage points to 78.5%, while its international passenger load factor decreased by 2 percentage points to 79%.

The domestic and international operation results exclude the results for Virgin Samoa.