Thai flag-carrier reported further passenger & cargo growth in March


BANGKOK, 21 April 2012 – Thai flag-carrier has revealed a continued passenger and cargo growth during the month of March. 

Thai Airways International Chairman Ampon Kittiampon said that the flag-carrier’s Board of Directors meeting has been updated with the company’s performance in March, during which passenger number carried on with the rising trend from the preceding month.

When compared with the same time of last year, March 2012 passenger rose 7.1 percent to 1.76 million, while the Revenue Passenger-Kilometer (RPK) rose 7.5 percent on-year as well.

At the same time, the airlines’ Available Seat-Kilometer (ASK) in March was similar to that of the same month of last year, at less than 0.1 percent, with the Cabin Factor at an average of 78.4 percent, which is higher than the 72.9-percent recorded in March 2011.

Mr. Ampon added that Thai Airway’s Cabin Factor in major routs has also enjoyed further growth, including the European route that expanded from 78.3 to 85.3 percent, the Australian-New Zealand route which rose from 53.6 to 67.9 percent, and all domestic routes which also increased from 70.9 to 77.8 percent.

The Thai Airways Chairman went on to say that the company’s cargo transport via the plane’s Belly recorded an average increase of 1.9 percent in March 2012, when compared with March 2011, while its Freight Load Factor was 59.8 percent, or around 0.3 percent higher than the same month of last year.