AirAsia X has announced its results for the second quarter of 2011, with passenger traffic experiencing sharp year-on-year growth. The Malaysian low-cost, long-haul airline carried 620,000 passengers in Q2, an increase of 56% over the same quarter in 2010. Demand, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), increased 67% on a 60% increase in available seats. This enabled the airline’s load factor to rise four percentage points to 79%. AirAsia X launched services to Christchurch on 1 April 2011, bringing its route network to 15 global destinations.
Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X, said; “Our continued growth points to a clear positive demand trajectory for 2011 compared to 2010, despite the challenge of higher and more volatile fuel prices which has led to higher air fares. We are confident we will keep growing into the second half of 2011, especially now that we have recently been granted route approvals from the government. We are now preparing to launch additional routes to further strengthen our network.”
AirAsia X is the long-haul affiliate of AirAsia Bhd, Asia’s largest low-cost carrier.