Virgin Blue traffic up 13.1% in October

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Australia's Virgin Blue group reported a 13.1% growth in passenger traffic in October from a year before.

Domestic RPKs rose 4.9% and international RPKs surged 29.4%, says the airline.

In real terms, the total number of passengers carried was up 3.6% to 1.64 million. Domestic passenger numbers rose 3.7% to 1.4 million and international passenger numbers grew 2.9% to 237,100.

Overall capacity, as measured in ASKs, increased 14.3%. Domestic capacity was up 9.9% and international capacity increased 22.3%.

Virgin Blue's passenger load factor declined 0.9 percentage points to 81.3%. Its domestic passenger load factor was down 3.9 percentage points to 81%, while its international passenger load factor rose 4.4 percentage points to 81.8%.

The figures include Virgin Blue's long-haul subsidiary V Australia and its regional carrier Pacific Blue.