April passenger figures improve for SIA


Singapore Airlines said it carried 1.3 million passengers in April this year, representing a 0.5 percent increase compared to the same month a year ago.

In its April 2010 operating results, SIA said systemwide passenger carriage, measured in revenue passenger kilometres, recorded an increase of 2.9 percent over the same month last year.

Passenger load factor jumped 5.4 percentage points to 77.6 percent on the back of a capacity reduction of 4.2 percent.

The carrier said year-on-year reduction in capacity was due to planned reduction in frequencies and the termination of services to Vancouver, Nanjing and Pakistan, as well as the transfer of Hyderabad and Penang operations to SilkAir.

Flight cancellations during the closure of the European airspace due to the volcanic activity in Iceland also reduced capacity, it said.

The volcano crisis also caused passenger and cargo load factor in the South West Pacific region to slightly fall.

SIA said tight capacity management and general improvement in the business environment saw all other regions record improved passenger and cargo load factor.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L
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