AVIATION | Staff Reporter, Singapore

SIA carries more passengers in January on back of strong holiday traffic

Number of passengers carried rose 5.7%.

The national carrier ferried a total of 1.6 million passengers in the first month of the year, marking a 5.7% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic.

The increase was supported by stronger returning traffic from the year-end holidays, coupled with a shift in Chinese New Year outbound travel from early February 2015 to late January 2016.

The group's passenger load factor rose for all regions. Growth was strongest in East Asia at 6.5 points and weakest in Europe at 0.5 point.

The number of passengers carried also rose across all its carriers. Scoot posted the strongest growth at 46.1%.

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