Singapore Airlines (SIA) recorded a 0.4% year-on-year decline in passengertraffic, measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), in June 2011. Thecarrier expanded its capacity 4.7% compared to June 2010, causing load factorto drop 4.0 percentage points to 78.8%.
All regions experienced declining load factors, but traffic to East Asia saw the most significant drop, losing 8.4points to 76.1%. Despite the declines however, most regions’ load factorsremained healthy, with services to the Americasand Europe averaging 85.6% and 80.8%respectively.
SilkAir performed better in June 2011, with passenger traffic rising 10.3%year-on-year and load factors increasing 2.4 percentage points to 79.1%.
A new thrice-weekly service to Sao Paulo via Barcelona was introducedat the start of the Northern Summer 2011 operating season in late March.Capacity to Hong Kong also grew, with the addition of a seventh daily service,in addition to frequency increases to Guangzhou,Taipei and the Maldives. In view of weak demand toJapan,one of two daily services to Tokyo Haneda was suspended.