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Qantas International halts slide in passenger numbers

July 10, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Qantas International has halted its decline in passenger numbers – for the most recent month available, at least.

Qantas traffic and capacity statistics for May 2013 show Qantas International carried  427,000 passengers in that month. That was the same as in May 2012, so Qantas International arrested the decline in its passenger numbers evident over the past few months. In the financial year to date, however, Qantas International carried 5% fewer passengers than in the corresponding period a yearBanner 250x250px earlier.

More seats were empty in May 2013. Qantas International’s revenue seat factor for the month was depressed by reduced selling on routes to Europe before the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) granted interim approval of the Qantas Emirates partnership, the airline notes. It was also affected by the withdrawal of Qantas’ Frankfurt service and changes to the Asian network.

Jetstar carried 380,000 passengers on its international operations in May 2013 – so it carried 89% as many passengers in that month as did Qantas International.

The proportion has been growing steadily over the months in Jetstar’s favour, and should exceed 90% when the June figures are published. Jetstar carried 5.8% more passengers this May than in the previous May. In the financial year to date, Jetstar carried 11.2% more passengers than in the corresponding period a year earlier.

Qantas Group passenger numbers for May 2013 increased by 2.8% from the previous year. Revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) fell by 1% and available seat kilometres (ASKs) increased by 1.6%, resulting in a revenue seat factor of 74.5%, which was 2% lower than the previous year.

ASKs for the month of May 2013 for Qantas Domestic and QantasLink were higher than the prior corresponding period mainly due to reductions in capacity during May 2012, Qantas said.

Qantas Group passenger numbers for the financial year to date (May 2013) rose 3.5% from the previous year. RPKs decreased by 0.7% and ASKs increased by 0.2%, resulting in a revenue seat factor of 79.3%, which was 0.7% lower than the previous year.

For the financial year to date, Qantas Group yields (both total domestic and total international) were lower than the prior corresponding period.

Written by : Peter Needham

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