20 Aug 2010

Air NZ passenger numbers up

6:08 am on 20 August 2010

Air New Zealand has reported a pickup in passenger numbers.

The airline says it carried 1.15 million passengers during July - up 7.3% from the same month last year.

The passenger load factor, which measures how much available capacity is being used, rose 4 points, to more than 84%.

Passenger numbers on domestic flights within New Zealand and to Australia and the Pacific Islands, were up almost 8% on last year, while long haul patronage increased by more than 5%.

Capacity across all routes rose 1.7%.

Shares in Air New Zealand rose 1 cent to $1.18 on Thursday.