Qantas reports domestic passenger dip

Australian airline Qantas experienced a drop in passenger figures in November.

Travel Insurance News - 26/12/2011

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Officials for the troubled flag carrier said on Friday that it saw 1.47 million domestic passengers in November, a decrease of 1.3 per cent from the same period one year prior. However, Qantas International reported an increase in passengers 1.5 per cent higher than the same figure form November of 2010.

The news follows a much larger dip seen in October as a result of the culmination of industrial action and Qantas management’s decision to ground the airline amid the bitter dispute. During that month, Qantas saw an 11.3 per cent drop in domestic passengers and 3.6 per cent drop in international operations leading up to the 48-hour grounding on October 29th by chief executive Alan Joyce.

Meanwhile, Qantas said on Friday that its low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar, saw 5.5 per cent more domestic passengers last month alongside 9.3 per cent more international passengers. Similarly, both QantasLink and Jetstar Asia saw increases over the same period.

Qantas Group has seen a total of 19.69 million passengers during the current financial year, marking a 3.4 per cent increase from the corresponding period a year before.

Combined yields for Qantas, Jetstar domestic and QantasLink were up around 6.5 per cent for the year leading up to 1 November, the company said on Friday, excluding currency exchange differences.

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