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Slight drop in passenger numbers at Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines has recorded a 2.6 per cent year-on-year decline in passenger carriage measured in revenue passenger kilometres during November.

The number of passengers carried also decreased 2.7 per cent over the same month last year to 1.39 million.

Capacity measured in available seat kilometres, however, grew by 2.2 per cent.

As a result, passenger load factor (PLF) declined by 3.7 percentage points to 75.2 per cent. 

All regions registered lower PLFs over the same month last year. 

Despite growth in passenger carriage, load factor for the Americas region declined as the increase in traffic still lagged behind the rate of capacity expansion. 

The flood situation in Thailand also affected demand, particularly on the Bangkok routes in the East Asia region. 

Europe’s PLF was lower as the ongoing economic uncertainties over the eurozone impacted travel demand.


SilkAir’s passenger carriage increased 8.4% per cent year-on-year against an 11.8 per cent growth in capacity. 

As a result, PLF declined 2.5 percentage points to 79.0 per cent.

The number of passengers carried increased 7.2 per cent.

In November, the PLFs on all route regions declined compared to the same month last year.

Singapore Airlines yesterday revealed the first stages of its alliance with Virgin Australia.