SQ load factor soars 6.6%

Singapore Airlines this morning reported a 10.1% increase in March passenger numbers, with a capacity lift of just 0.9%, giving a strong load factor improvement to 82.4%.

The carrier said the capacity increase was mainly due to extra flights to destinations including Taipei, Penang, Adelaide, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Male, Perth, Bangalore and Johannesburg.

New destinations added in the last twelve months which also contributed to the higher capacity included Milan and Barcelona.

SIA said all routes showed improved passenger load factors over Mar 2006, with particularly strong growth in the South West Pacific which was up 11.4 points.

The carrier said there was “especially strong traffic demand” for flights to Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne during the month.

Singapore Airlines’ European flights also performed very well, with an overall passenger load factor of 88.1% “from improvement in passenger uplift across all routes”.

One slight cloud on the horizon was a 4.8% drop in cargo traffic for Mar, said to be mainly due to weaker export markets in the East Asia region.

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