Qantas and Jetstar Lower Capacity in April

29th May 2015

"Mixed demand environment" and the timing of public holidays in Australia were the two biggest reasons for Qantas and Jetstar to take out more seats out of the Australian market in April.

According to Qantas Group's monthly traffic statistics, the carrier's capacity, when measured by available seat kilometers, was reduced some 5 per cent last month.

This continues the trend started last year, with ASKs for the Flying Kangaroo's domestic network dropping by 3.5 per cent in this year.

ASKs decrease from the previous year resulted in Qantas' domestic flights being fuller. The load factors were then up 1.1 per cent up to 74.8 per cent. This is despite the fact that their planes carried 1.4 per cent fewer passengers.

In a statement regarding this, the airline said:

"Qantas Domestic capacity was lower in the month reflecting adjustments to address resource market softness in Western Australia and Queensland."

Jetstar Cuts Capacity by 4.4%

At the same time, Jetstar reduced its seat capacity in April by 4.4 per cent compared to same time last year. This follower the ASK reduction of 3.8 per cent in March.

Jestar's load factors increased 3.3 per cent in April to 80.4 per cent, while the number of travelers on board rose 0.4 per cent to 1.084 million.

Here is what the carrier said in a statement about this:

"Jetstar Domestic capacity reductions reflected seasonal changes and fewer peak leisure travel days in April 2015 compared to April 2014, due to timing of public holidays."

Per Qantas Group, yields across the Australian network were higher in March than they were in the same period in 2014/15.

However, while Qantas' international operations improved yield and average fare per passenger, Jestar's slumped last month. The company states that this is due to "increased capacity and comparison to a peak leisure travel period in 2014".