KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 – The AirAsia Group recorded a two per cent increase in load factor to 78 per cent in the third quarter ended September 30, 2014 versus the same period last year. AirAsia Bhd, in its preliminary operating statistics released today, said at the group level, number of passengers carried increased by one per cent to RM10.7 million while capacity dropped one per cent, year-on-year (y-o-y).

The low-cost carrier said group fleet size now stood at 171 aircraft. For domestic operations, AirAsia Bhd said the percentage of seats filled was unchanged at 77 per cent in the quarter under review. “The number of passengers carried increased by 0.5 per cent, y-o-y, to 5.3 million, in line with the increase in capacity y-o-y. “Malaysia AirAsia introduced five new international routes in the third quarter, which includes Johor Baru – Saigon, Lombok and Yogyakarta and Kuala Lumpur – Da Nang and Cebu,” it added.

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