SIA carried 1.6 million passengers in Jan, up 5.7% compared with last year

SIA said its passenger load factor improved across all regions.
SIA said its passenger load factor improved across all regions.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines (SIA) carried 1.6 million passengers last month, a rise of 5.7 per cent compared with January last year.

The passenger load factor increased 3.7 percentage point to 80.2 per cent compared with the same period a year earlier.

SIA said its passenger load factor improved across all regions, due to stronger returning traffic from the year-end holidays, coupled with a shift in Chinese New Year outbound travel from early February 2015 to late January 2016.

"The competitive landscape continues to be challenging and promotional activities will continue in relevant markets," said SIA in a filing with the Singapore Exchange.

SilkAir's passenger carriage grew 17.5 per cent while Scoot's passenger carriage increased by 46 per cent year-on-year. Scoot launched flights to Guangzhou in mid-Jan 2016, bringing the total number of destinations to 18 in seven countries, including Singapore.

Tigerair, on the other hand, recorded a 0.7 per cent decline in passenger carriage.

Overall cargo load factor was 0.5 percentage points higher, with the improvement in cargo traffic of 7.2 per cent outpacing overall capacity growth of 6.3 per cent. The cargo load factor improved across all regions except Americas as demand outgrew capacity changes, said SIA.

kohping@sph.com.sg