In 3Q16, the Group posted load factor of 87%, up 6 percentage points (“ppts”) from the same period last year. The total number of passengers carried increased 11% year-on-year (“YoY”) to 14.23 million, well ahead of the 2% increase in seat capacity. At the end of the quarter under review, the Group’s total fleet size stood at 171 aircraft (173 including two aircraft delivered to AirAsia Japan but yet to commence operations).
Malaysia AirAsia (“MAA”) achieved a load factor of 89% in 3Q16, a record high and an increase of 7 ppts YoY. Passenger numbers increased 5% YoY to 6.63 million while capacity was reduced by 3%. MAA ended the quarter with a fleet size of 77 aircraft including 2 newly delivered Airbus A320neo.
Thai AirAsia (“TAA”) posted a load factor of 84% in 3Q16, up 3 ppts YoY. The number of passengers carried increased 21% YoY to 4.33 million, more than the 17% increase in capacity. During the quarter, TAA started operating the Hat Yai – Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok – Vientiane routes and increased frequencies on the Bangkok – Udon Thani route. TAA ended the quarter with a fleet size of 49 aircraft.
Indonesia AirAsia (“IAA”) achieved a record load factor of 90% in 3Q16 with a 15 ppts increase YoY. Passenger numbers were 2% higher YoY at 1.71 million while capacity was reduced by 14%. At the end of the quarter under review the fleet size stood at 22 aircraft, including 8 aircraft operated by Indonesia AirAsia X (“IAAX”).
Philippines AirAsia’s (“PAA”) load factor stood at 83% in 3Q16, a decrease of 1 ppt YoY. The number of passengers carried was at 0.98 million, up 8% YoY. Capacity increased by 9% YoY as frequencies were added on the Manila – Kalibo (Boracay) and Manila – Puerto Princessa routes. PAA ended the quarter with a fleet of 15 aircraft.
AirAsia India (“AAI”) achieved a load factor of 88% in 3Q16, up 12 ppts YoY. The number of passengers carried increased 42% YoY to 0.59 million, more than the 23% increase in capacity. Three new routes were inaugurated during the quarter: Bengaluru – Guwahati; Bengaluru – Hyderabad and Hyderabad – Goa. Frequencies were added on the Bengaluru – Goa route. AAI’s fleet consisted of 8 aircraft at the end of the quarter.