KUALA LUMPUR — Jan. 29, 2020: The number of passengers carried by AirAsia X in the fourth quarter of last year increased eight per cent to 1.61 million from the same period in 2018.
Seat capacity was also up by four per cent year-on-year to 1.99 million during the quarter, while available seats per kilometre (ASK) capacity increased marginally by one per cent to 9.21 million on the back of a shorter stage length following a network realignment exercise.
AirAsia X Malaysia charted a healthy passenger load factor (PLF) of 81 per cent in Q4, which was three percentage points higher than in the same period in 2018, the airline said in a statement today.
In the same quarter flight frequencies to Bali, Taipei, Seoul, Perth, Sydney and the Gold Coast were increased, especially in December, to cater to high demand from the year-end peak travel season.
Last year, AirAsia X Malaysia introduced five new routes from Kuala Lumpur, to Fukuoka, Lanzhou, Taipei-Osaka, Tokyo and Singapore.
On a full-year basis, AirAsia X Malaysia carried 6.07 million passengers, two per cent lower YoY in line with the drop in seat and ASK capacity at two per cent and three per cent YoY respectively on the back of the network optimisation exercise and the subsequent route realignment.
AirAsia X Thailand carried 2.599 million passengers last year, which was an increase of 29 per cent YoY, while ASK capacity was up by 41 per cent to 14.47 million.
The increase was driven by a fleet expansion that led to new routes from Bangkok to Brisbane, Shenyang, Tianjin and Fukuoka.
AirAsia X Thailand added four A330s last year, while the total fleet size for AirAsia X Group was 39 Airbus A330s as at the end of December, including seven aircraft on direct third-party lease to AirAsia X Thailand and two aircraft leased to AirAsia X Indonesia.