AirAsia X carries 1.4 millon passengers in Q1

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia X Bhd (AAX) carried 1.4 million passengers in the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, up 33% from 1.055 million passengers in same period last year.

In its preliminary operating statistics released Friday, the airline said its capacity rose 28% to 1.66 million versus 1.29 million previously.

AAX attributed the healthy growth of passengers carried to the strong demand for travel observed across all segments.

“The company continues to stimulate demand to fill up the additional capacity injected in 1Q17, by achieving higher passenger load factor (PLF), up two percentage points (ppts) to 84% in 1Q17 from 82% in the same period last year, on the back of 29% year-on-year growth in available seat per kilometres (ASK) to 8,324 million in 1Q17,” AAX said in the statement.

“Moving forward in 2017, the group remains prudent in its expansion plan, continues to explore strategic initiatives to ensure sustainable growth and strengthen our position in core markets where we can build up our market leadership position,” it said.
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