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SIA, SilkAir operating performance improved in May

Singapore Airlines and its regional arm filled a larger proportion of their seats last month, as capacity was shifted away from less popular routes.

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) and regional arm SilkAir filled a larger proportion of their seats in May, as they shifted capacity away from less popular routes.

The Singapore flag carrier announced on Monday (June 16) that its system-wide passenger carriage - as measured in revenue passenger kilometres - increased 2.5 per cent on the back of 2.0 per cent capacity injection.

This resulted in a higher passenger load factor of 74.9 per cent - a rise of 0.3 percentage points from a year ago.

"Europe and Southwest Pacific absorbed capacity injection well, while loads to Americas and West Asia and Africa improved on the back of capacity reduction," SIA said in a statement.

Looking ahead, SIA said the operating environment remains challenging. "Capacity will continue to be adjusted accordingly to better match market demand and promotional activities shall continue in markets that require additional support."

SIA carried 1.5 million passengers last month, an increase of 3.5 per cent from a year ago.

As for SilkAir, systemwide passenger carriage increased 1.3 per cent year-on-year against 1.1 per cent growth in capacity. As a result, the passenger load factor increased by 0.2 percentage points to 66.4 per cent.

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