27 Jul 2010

Air NZ reports increase in passenger numbers

3:42 pm on 27 July 2010

Air New Zealand has reported an increase in passenger numbers.

The airline says it carried 1.1 million passengers during June - up 7.5% from the same month last year.

The passenger load factor, which measures how much available capacity is being used, rose more than three points to almost 80%.

Short-haul passenger numbers were up more than 8% on last year, while long-haul patronage increased by almost 5%.

Capacity across the Tasman was reduced by more than 3% during the month, but demand and capacity on flights to Asia, Japan and the United Kingdom rose by 10%.

Shares in Air New Zealand rose 1 cent to $1.13 on Tuesday morning.