Air New Zealand carried 7.4 percent more passengers during the month of September than last year as short haul passenger numbers rose 8.2 percent.
The load factor in the domestic market rose by 5.9 percentage points to 82.7 percent on a capacity increase of 0.8 percent. The load factor on Tasman and Pacific routes increased five percentage points to 85.2 percent even as after capacity was increased by 2.8 percent.
Long haul passenger numbers rose 1.9 percent with the load factor rising by three percentage points to 89.7 percent on North America to United Kingdom routes.
Overall, revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) rose 5.5 percent and capacity rose by 0.7 percent. The group load factor increased by 3.9 percentage points.