AirAsia PH passengers decline 99% in Q2

Businessman Mikee Romero-led Air Asia Philippines suffered a dramatic slump in passenger volume in the second quarter as air travel demand crushed under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic.

Air Asia Philippines carried 29,111 passengers in April to June, marking an 87% plunge year on year due to travel restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airline grounded its fleet from March 20 to June 4 due to the global virus outbreak.

The decline in demand led to a decrease in the airlines’ load factor by 36 percentage points to 55%.

“For the fourth quarter this year, AirAsia Philippines is targeting a recovery of domestic capacity up to 60 percent of pre-Covid-19 levels,” the company said.

Air Asia resumed limited domestic and international commercial flights following the easing of lockdown measures. The routes include Cebu, Davao, Tacloban, Bacolod, Caticlan, Cagayan de Oro, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa and Iloilo.

For international flights, Air Asia will fly between Manila and Kuala Lumpur.

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