Asia Pacific airlines grow international traffic by 7% in 2012
The resurgent Japan Airlines helped Asia Pacific's airlines generate 7% growth in international passenger numbers in 2012. Contributing to this growth was the launch in December of non-stop services from Tokyo Narita to San Diego in California.
Data from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) shows that international passenger numbers grew by 7% in 2012 to almost 207 million. Load factors improved by 1.5 percentage points to 77.9% while capacity (ASKs) grew by a more modest 3.9%. Demand, as measured by RPKs, grew by 5.8%.
AAPA's member airlines are listed as ANA, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways. However, in addition AAPA's traffic data includes figures for AirAsia, Air China, Air New Zealand, Cebu Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Jetstar Airways, Qantas, Vietnam Airlines and Virgin Australia.