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Malaysia Airlines' passenger traffic grows 13% in Q1

Flag carrier adds Chinese routes to drive growth

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A Malaysia Airlines plane arrives at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia Airlines said Friday that growth accelerated in the first quarter of 2017 on the back of increased capacity.

The national flag carrier, which is undergoing a turnaround with the aim of becoming profitable in 2018, said passenger traffic increased 13% year-on-year to 3.57 million, while load factor, a measure of how much an airline fills its seats, was up to 79.4%, compared to 68.9% in the same period last year.

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