Virgin Blue traffic grows 27% in February

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Australia's Virgin Blue group has posted a 27% increase in passenger traffic in February, led by strong growth in its international segment.

Domestic RPKs remained flat with a 1% growth, and international RPKs rose 139%, says the group.

In real numbers, the total number of passengers handled by the group increased 4% to 1.5 million. Domestic passenger numbers grew 2% to 1.3 million, and international passengers numbers rose 24% to 223,654.

Overall capacity, as measured in ASKs, grew 25%. Virgin's domestic capacity was cut 2% and its international capacity grew 127%.

The group's passenger load factor rose 1.4 percentage points to 80.4%. Its domestic passenger load factor grew 2.8 percentage points to 84.1%, and the international passenger load factor was up 3.7 percentage points to 74.5%.

Virgin's statistics exclude Polynesian Blue. The group includes Virgin Blue, V Australia and New Zealand-based Pacific Blue.