October 21 2013  |  Catering

SATS ends Q2 with increased in PAX handling, and flights

By Hibah Noor

Increases in low-cost carrier traffic resulted in double-digit growth in passenger handling for SATS, while the company’s catering unit continued to see decreases in meal production as a result of Qantas Airways moving its hub operations from Changi International Airport to Dubai International Airport.

SATS released its second quarter fiscal year operating figures today. In the second quarter of 2013-14, the company handled 33,280 flights, a 10.2% increase from the previous year, while handling 11.09 million passengers, an 11.3% increase.

Catering output dropped 6.2% to 6.65 million gross meals production and 4.2% to 5.22 million unit meals. SATS gauges unit meals by workload handled by catering staff. Meals for dinner, lunch and premium class service are given a different unit meal weight factors.

Cargo processing increased marginally, by 0.9% to 372,420 tonnes.

SATS notes that the aviation operating data reported are for the company’s Singapore operations only.

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