NEW YORK, June 19, 2018 – The operating results for May 2018 are given in the table below.
In May 2018, SIA Group airlines' passenger load factor (PLF) improved 2.6 percentage points to 79.6%. Passenger carriage (measured in revenue passenger kilometres) increased 9.6% compared to last year, outpacing capacity (measured in available seat kilometres) injection of 6.1%.
Singapore Airlines' PLF improved 2.1 percentage points to 78.7%. Passenger carriage increased 6.8% compared to last year, against a 4.0% increase in capacity. PLF improved for all route regions, except Europe where capacity growth outpaced demand during the early summer season.
SilkAir’s systemwide passenger carriage increased by 17.0%, ahead of capacity growth of 11.9%. Consequently, PLF increased 3.2 percentage points to 73.5%. Strong growth in demand exceeded capacity injections across East Asia, Australia and West Asia.
Scoot recorded passenger carriage growth of 17.9%, exceeding capacity expansion of 12.5%. Consequently, PLF rose by 3.9 percentage points to 85.3%. PLF on all route regions improved as demand outpaced changes in capacity. Selected routes to India, South East Asia, China, Australia, and fifth freedom routes to North Asia continued to improve.
Overall cargo load factor (CLF) was 3.9 percentage points lower, with cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonne-kilometres) declining 3.3% against capacity growth of 2.7%. CLF declined across all route regions as demand did not keep pace with capacity changes.