KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 (Bernama) — AirAsia X Bhd (AAX) carried 1.03 million passengers in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16), an increase of 27 per cent from 810,944 passengers in 2Q15.
In a statement today, the airline said despite historically being the leanest quarter, operating performance in 2Q16 exceeded expectations due to demand across all regions, following the ongoing turnaround plan initiated last year.
“The double-digit increase of 27 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) exceeded capacity which grew 13 per cent y-o-y.
“The capacity injected was well-absorbed with strong demand returned across all regions resulting in the Passenger Load Factor (PLF) improving by seven percentage points (ppts) to 75 per cent against 68 per cent in the same period last year,” it said.
In the quarter, Malaysia AirAsia X increased frequencies on four routes, namely Kuala Lumpur – Perth, Melbourne, Sapporo and Osaka, boosted by growing demand.
Meanwhile, Thai AirAsia X recorded a healthy PLF of 89 per cent, an increase of 17 ppts from 72 per cent a year ago, while Indonesia AirAsia X posted 75 per cent (up 26 ppts).
The AirAsia X Group total fleet size accounted for 31 Airbus A330 aircraft as at end-2Q16.
“We will continue to strengthen our core markets, especially China, which recorded a 18 per cent jump in Chinese arrivals into Malaysia from 12 months ago. We will also explore other strategic initiatives to ensure sustainable growth going forward,” AirAsia X said.