Virgin Blue traffic up 12.5% in November

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Australia's Virgin Blue group reported a 12.5% growth in passenger traffic in November from a year before.

Domestic RPKs rose 4.8% and international RPKs surged 28.2%, says the airline.

In real terms, the total number of passengers carried was up 1.8% to 1.56 million. Domestic passenger numbers rose 3.6% to 1.37 million, but international passenger numbers fell 9.9% to 193,999 due to the withdrawal of Pacific Blue from the domestic New Zealand market.

Overall capacity, as measured in ASKs, increased 12.4%. Domestic capacity was up 9.4% and international capacity increased 17.6%.

Virgin Blue's passenger load factor increased 0.1 percentage points to 80%. Its domestic passenger load factor was down 3.5 percentage points to 81.1%, while its international passenger load factor rose 6.4 percentage points to 78.1%.

The figures exclude domestic and international operations of Polynesian Blue, the group's subsidiary that serves the Pacific islands.