Singapore Airlines group July passengers carried surges more than four times on-year

Singapore Airlines aircraft taken from terminal windows in August 2018.Singapore Airlines aircraft taken from terminal windows in August 2018.

Singapore Airlines reported Monday its group airlines carried 150,900 passengers in July, up more than four times from 33,900 in July 2020, as the carrier began to increase capacity amid signs of a global recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Around 1.91 million passengers were carried in July 2019, before the pandemic.

Group passenger traffic measured in revenue passenger-kilometers increased to 833.3 million, from 187.7 million in July 2020 as passenger capacity, measured in available seat-kilometers, rose to around 32 percent of pre-Covid levels during July, SIA said in a filing to SGX.

For the full-service Singapore Airlines, passengers carried increased to 128,800 in July from 29,300 in July 2020, the filing said.

For low-cost carrier Scoot, passengers carried rose to 22,100 in July, from 4,600 in July 2020, the filing said.

At end-July, the passenger network had extended to 67 destinations, including Singapore, with the full-service network covering 53 destinations as services began to Cape Town (via Johannesburg), Kathmandu, Manchester and Rome (via Copenhangen), SIA said.

Scoot served 25 destinations at end-July as operations to Sydney were reinstated, although operations to West Asia remained suspended, SIA said.

SIA Cargo posted a monthly cargo load factor of 87.2 percent for July, up 2.6 percentage points on-year as cargo loads, measured in freight tonne-kilomenters, rose 57.9 percent on a 53.1 percent capacity expansion, the carrier said.