International passenger numbers up 91% for Air Seychelles

International passenger numbers up 91% for Air Seychelles

Profits up for Air Seychelles
Profits up for Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles reported positive numbers for Q3 of 2013. The airline’s international passenger operations witnessed a growth of 91% to 55,238 passengers (Q3 2012: 28,847). Overall passenger numbers on the airline’s combined domestic and international services grew by 42.4% to 99,946 (Q3 2012: 70,193).

Air Seychelles’ chief executive officer, Cramer Ball said: “The airline was well on track for a second year of profitability. We have seen solid performance and growth in all our key markets and a strong and accelerating contribution from our code-share partners.”

The airline carried 9,041 passengers, up 38.5% from a year ago (2012: 6,525). Traffic was boosted by extra flights in August in response to local demand.  Passengers have more than doubled on the airline’s Abu Dhabi route in Q3 to 22,694, up from 9,187 a year ago. Seat factor on the Abu Dhabi route surged 13.3% to 63.7%, despite a 67.7% increase in Available Seat Kilometres (ASKs), from 89.3 million to 149.8 million.

Traffic on the airline’s services to Hong Kong saw a quarter-to-quarter increase of 21.6%, up 2,451 to 13,788 (Q2 2013: 11,337). Traffic on the Johannesburg route saw 11.8% year-on-year growth with a 342% quarter-to-quarter growth in revenue contribution from South African Airways.

On the airline’s domestic operations, the airline saw a 19.3% increase in number of flights in Q3 to points in the archipelago to 3,893, up from 3,263 a year ago.  Passenger numbers on the Praslin route increased by 6.9% to 44,708 (Q3 2012: 41,820).

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