Passenger volume of AirAsia went down by 77 percent in 2020 as compared in the previous year due travel restrictions imposed to curb spread of the new coronavirus disease 2019.
Data released by AirAsia Group Berhad showed the airline’s Philippine passenger traffic stood 2 million in 2020 from 8.6 million passenger carried in 2019.
The airline’s capacity also went down by 74 percent to 2.5 million in 2020 from 9.7 million as of end 2019.
Load factor was down by 8 percentage point (ppts) to 80 from 88 in 2019.
In the fourth quarter of 2020, the airline carried 117,948 passengers and reported a load factor of 64 percent from 85 percent in the previous year.
However, on a month-to-month basis, AirAsia number of passengers carried doubled while domestic operating capacity increased by 5 ppts to 13 percent in December as compared to September 2020.
In related development, AirAsia Philippines has expressed its readiness in vaccine distribution as part of its proactive community involvement in containing the spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines.
AirAsia for its part, has applied for regulatory approval as a dangerous goods carrier. While waiting for the approval, the budget carrier will also seek for special authorization from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to proactively participate in the possible roll out of the vaccines to far flung provinces in the country.
The company has also readied Teleport – AirAsia’s logistics venture and its newest door-to-door delivery system to help in the delivery of the vaccines. Teleport is now widely available in 12 key cities in the country such as Bacolod, Cebu, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga.