China Southern Airlines forecasts 11% capacity increase in 2013, updates int'l route performance
China Southern Airlines chairman Si Xianmin stated market uncertainties for the aviation industry still exist going forward into 2013, but 2013 will be better than 2012. As reported by China Securities Journal, Mr Si forecasts the carrier’s capacity will increase by 11% year-on-year during the year. Mr Si added the carrier’s capacity increase will still be focussed on domestic routes, with domestic share to remain at 70% and international share to be around 30%. China Southern plans to continue to strengthen its international strategic routes including Sydney and Los Angeles. Commenting on China Southern’s international performance, Mr Si said load factor on Guangzhou-Sydney sector is averaging 90% and since the deployment of the A380 on Guangzhou-Los Angeles, load factor on the sector reached around 84%.