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SIA load factor rises, passenger numbers remain flat in March

The airline carried 1.579 million passengers last month, compared to 1.546 million passengers in March 2015.

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines' (SIA) passenger load factor (PLF) rose 1.2 per cent to 77.8 per cent in March, the national carrier said Friday (Apr 15).

Its operating results show that in total, the airline carried 1.579 million passengers last month, compared to 1.546 million passengers the year before.

PLF improved across all route regions except Americas and South West Pacific, it added, with the latter experiencing "marginally lower load factors".

SIA warned the competitive landscape will continue to be "challenging" and that it will continue to conduct promotional activities in the relevant markets.

The airline's passenger carriage remained flat year-on-year against a 1.5 per cent reduction in capacity, it said. This is compared to a 14 per cent on-year growth in passenger carriage for its sister airline SilkAir, which exceeded its capacity growth of 7.9 per cent. Consequently, PLF increased by 3.2 per cent to 71.5 per cent, according to SIA.

Scoot's systemwide PLF also improved, by 2.3 per cent to 86.9 per cent, with growth in passenger carriage also exceeding the increase in capacity. Additionally Tigerair recorded a 5 per cent increase in PLF for March. Passenger carriage also grew, by 3.5 per cent, against a 2.6 per cent reduction in capacity.

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