AirAsia Group lowers Malaysia market recovery expectations
Raises view on Indonesia recovery, lowers India
Aiming to have Thai capacity top pre-pandemic level
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Malaysia's AirAsia Group Bhd AIRA.KL has lowered its projected recovery rate in Malaysia to 60% of its pre-COVID-19 capacity by year-end, it said on Monday in its third-quarter operating statistics.
The airline in August had said it expected a 70-75% recovery in Malaysia by the last quarter.
AirAsia Group's biggest market, it said it saw a 52% increase in domestic capacity in September compared to 40% in July, but stricter curbs on movement in October due to rising COVID-19 cases had reined in growth.
It said it now expected a return to 45% of pre-pandemic capacity in Indonesia, up from a previous expectation of 35%, but lowered its view on India to 65% from 75%.
It is aiming for its Thai operations to exceed pre-COVID-19 capacity levels.
Group load factor - a measure of how full its planes are - grew 7 percentage points in September versus July, the group said, without providing further detail.
It said passengers carried in that period increased by 36% for Malaysia, 79% for India and 65% for Thailand.
(Reporting by Liz Lee; editing by Jason Neely)
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