Singapore Airlines has seen a surge in passengers and load factor last month. The progress is made amid all the challenges the company faces when it comes to its operations.

The flag carrier on Friday released a press release reporting the growth in passenger load factor in August compared to the same period last year. Singapore Airlines recorded 80.9 per cent in passenger load factor for last month which is higher by 1.2 percentage points year-on-year.

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Passenger load factor is the percentage of seats occupied by paying passengers. According to the company, the rise is primarily due to the stronger passenger demand to Asia, capacity changes to Europe and restructuring of the Americas network.

"The operating landscape remains challenging with ongoing efforts to balance yields against competitive pressures," states Singapore Airlines in a statement.

However, the carrier has noted that passenger load for Southwest Pacific route dropped. Meanwhile, passenger carriage also grew by 5.1 per cent in August. Passenger carriage is determined by passengers-kilometres.

Overall, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot were able to carry a total of 2.8 million passengers in August, up by 200,000 more compared to August 2016.