In December 2016, SIA Group airlines' passenger carriage (measured in revenue passenger kilometres)
increased by 5.3% compared to last year, outpacing growth in capacity (measured in available seat
kilometres) of 4.5%. Passenger load factor (PLF) rose 0.6 percentage points to 82.9%.
Singapore Airlines' PLF improved 0.3 percentage points to 82.4%. Compared to last year, passenger carriage
was 0.5% higher against a marginal 0.1% increase in capacity. PLF improved for East Asia, Americas and
Europe due to stronger demand from year-end holiday travel. However, PLF for South West Pacific declined
as capacity growth outstripped demand, while loads for West Asia and Africa were lower due to softer
passenger demand. The competitive landscape remains challenging and promotional activities will continue in
SilkAir’s systemwide passenger carriage increased by 14.6%, ahead of capacity growth of 14.1%.
Consequently, PLF increased by 0.4 percentage points to 75.5%. Growth in passenger carriage for East Asia
and Pacific exceeded capacity growth, resulting in a 0.5 percentage point increase in PLF, while in West Asia
demand growth substantially matched sizeable capacity injection.
Scoot’s systemwide passenger carriage grew by 45.0% year-on-year. Capacity expanded by 42.7% as the
number of aircraft increased from nine to twelve. Consequently, PLF improved by 1.4 percentage points to
87.4%. New routes were added to Japan, China, India and Saudi Arabia during the year.
Tigerair’s systemwide passenger carriage increased by 3.4% year-on-year on the back of a 0.9% increase in
capacity. Consequently, PLF improved by 2.1 percentage points to 88.3%. Growth in demand for many
destinations was encouraging during the festive year-end.
Cargo load factor (CLF) was 1.5 percentage points higher, with cargo traffic (measured in freight-tonnekilometres)
increasing 8.8% against overall capacity growth of 6.3%. Healthy growth on cargo traffic was led
by demand on key routes from North Asia to the US and Europe.