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Singapore Airlines load factor increases

Singapore Airlines' system wide passenger load factor (PLF) in January 2016 improved 3.7 percentage points to 80.2%. Passenger carriage (measured in revenue passenger kilometres) increased 3.8% compared to last year, against a 1.1% reduction in capacity (measured in available seat kilometres).

PLF improved across all regions, supported by 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.

SilkAir's systemwide passenger carriage grew 17.5% year-on-year, well ahead of capacity growth of 12.2%. Consequently, PLF increased by 3.2 percentage points to 69.7%. Growth in passenger carriage exceeded capacity growth for the East Asia and Pacific region, resulting in a 4.5 percentage point increase in PLF.

Scoot's systemwide passenger carriage increased by 46.0% year-on-year, faster than capacity growth of 43.5%. Consequently, PLF increased by 1.4 percentage points to 84.8%. The tenth 787 aircraft entered into service in January 2016. Scoot launched flights to Guangzhou in mid-January 2016, bringing the total number of destinations to 18 in seven countries, including Singapore.

Tigerair recorded a 0.7% decline in system wide passenger carriage, while capacity decreased at a faster pace of 4.2%, resulting in a 2.9 percentage point improvement in PLF to 81.5% for the month of January 2016. 

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