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Passenger load factor up 2.4 points in Finnair scheduled traffic for March 2006

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Tuesday, 11 April 2006

In March 2006 Finnair scheduled traffic increased by 4.5% compared to March last year. Passenger load factor was 70%, up 2.4 percentage points. The number of passengers carried was 702 500, up 8.9%.

Finnair's Tallinn-based subsidiary Aero AS, carried 76 300 passengers (+16.1%) on routes between Helsinki and the Baltic capitals and within Southern Finland. During March, Stockholm-based FlyNordic continued to gain market share and carried 106,600 passengers (+15.4%). Aero and FlyNordic figures are included in Finnair Group's total figures.

Finnair group traffic, measured in passenger kilometers, increased by 0.4% in March, while the capacity was down by 0.8%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 74.9% or 0.9 points higher than last year. All Finnair Group airlines altogether transported 810,100 passengers, which is 6.3% more than a year ago.

Departure punctuality of scheduled flights was 81.7% (based on a fifteen minute standard), 5.1 points lower than in March 2005. Including leisure flights departure punctuality was 79.8% (-5.3 p.p). Arrival punctuality of scheduled flights was 82.2% and that of all operations was 79.9%.

Scheduled traffic

In scheduled traffic (international + domestic) revenue passenger kilometres increased by 4.5%. The change in capacity was + 0.9%. Passenger load factor was 70%, 2.4 percentage points higher than last year.

In scheduled international traffic, the total number of passengers was up by 9%. Capacity in ASKs was +0.5%, while RPKs increased by 4.2%.

In European scheduled traffic, ASKs increased by 1.7%, and as RPKs increased by 8%, the passenger load factor was 64.3%, up 3.7 points from the previous year.

In North Atlantic scheduled traffic, capacity decreased by - 38.9%. Change in RPKs was - 39.2%, and passenger load factor for March was 81.9%, 0.4 points lower than the previous year.

In Asian scheduled traffic, the capacity increase was 9.8%. Passenger traffic was up by 13.6% while passenger load factor was 78.6%, 2.6 percentage points up.

Domestic scheduled traffic increased by 6.5% on a capacity increase of 3.3%. Passenger load factor increased by 1.8 percentage points to 59.9%. 

Leisure traffic

ASKs for leisure traffic decreased in March by 4.9%, and RPKs decreased by 7.2%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 87.8%, - 2.3 points lower than last year.


Cargo traffic increased by 6.4% in terms of cargo tonnes carried. Growth in scheduled traffic was +6.9%. Increase in Asian traffic was +15.9%. Volume in European traffic increased by 3%. In North Atlantic traffic cargo volume decreased by 16.4%. Cargo traffic carried on chartered cargo flights increased by 3.6%. The cargo load factor was 66%. The cargo load factor in the Far Eastern traffic was 83.5% and in the North Atlantic traffic 81.8%.

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