NEW YORK, October 17, 2017 – The operating results for September 2017 are given in the table below.
In September 2017, SIA Group airlines' passenger load factor (PLF) improved 2.9 percentage points to 80.8%. Passenger carriage (measured in revenue passenger kilometres) increased 8.3% compared to last year, outpacing capacity (measured in available seat kilometres) injection of 4.3%.
Singapore Airlines' PLF improved 2.3 percentage points to 81.0%. Passenger carriage increased 5.1% compared to last year, against a 2.2% increase in capacity. All route regions except South West Pacific improved due to stronger passenger demand or capacity consolidation. PLF declined for South West Pacific route region as passenger growth did not keep up with capacity injection. The operating landscape remains competitive with ongoing efforts to stabilise yields.
SilkAir’s systemwide passenger carriage grew 22.9% year-on-year, surpassing capacity growth of 13.0%. Consequently, PLF improved by 5.8 percentage points to 71.5%, led by strong growth in demand in India, China and South East Asia.
Scoot recorded passenger carriage growth of 17.9%, exceeding capacity expansion of 11.0%. Consequently, PLF went up by 4.9 percentage points to 83.7%, boosted by improvements in all route regions. PLF on selected routes to India, China, South East Asia, Australia, as well as fifth freedom routes to North Asia continued to improve.
Overall cargo load factor (CLF) was 2.9 percentage points higher, with growth in cargo traffic (measured in freight-ton-kilometres) of 7.9%, outpacing capacity expansion of 3.2%. CLF improved across all regions except Americas, as demand outpaced capacity changes.