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Finnair's August 2006 Scheduled Asian Traffic grows 40%

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Monday, 11 September 2006

Finnair scheduled traffic increased by 21.8% in August 2006 compared to the same month last year. Asian traffic grew by 40%, while the passenger load factor was 75.1%, up 3.7 percentage points. The number of passengers carried was 646,100, up 7.7%.

Finnair's Tallinn-based subsidiary Aero AS, carried 59,500 passengers (+ 0.1%) on routes between Helsinki and the Baltic capitals and within Southern Finland. During August, Stockholm-based FlyNordic carried 99,900 passengers (- 4.2%). Aero and FlyNordic figures are included in Finnair Group total figures.

Finnair traffic, measured in passenger kilometers, increased by 13.8% in August, while the capacity was up by 10.6%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 76.6% or 2.2 points higher than last year. All Finnair Group airlines together transported 753,500 passengers, which is 4.2% more than a year ago.

Departure punctuality of scheduled flights was 85% (based on a fifteen minute standard), 5.6 points lower than in August 2005. Including leisure flights departure punctuality was 83.7% (-5.6 p.p). Arrival punctuality of scheduled flights was 88.4% and that of all operations was 87%.

Scheduled traffic

In scheduled traffic (international + domestic) revenue passenger kilometres increased by 21.8%. The change in capacity was + 15.8%. Passenger load factor was 75.1%, 3.7 percentage points higher than last year.

In scheduled international traffic, the total number of passengers was up by 11.8%. Capacity in ASKs was +18.6%, while RPKs increased by 23.7%.

In European scheduled traffic, ASKs increased by 2.2%, and as RPKs increased by 12.7%, the passenger load factor was 70.1%, up 6.5 points from previous year.

In North Atlantic scheduled traffic, capacity decreased by 5%. Change in RPKs was +0.8%, and passenger load factor for August was 91.6%, 5.3 points higher than previous year.

In Asian scheduled traffic, capacity increase was 44.9%. The passenger traffic was up by 40%. The passenger load factor was 79.6%, 2.8 percentage points down.

Domestic scheduled traffic decreased by 6.6% on a capacity decrease of 13.6%. The passenger load factor increased by 4.3 percentage points to 58.1%.

ASKs for leisure traffic decreased in August by 9.6%, and RPKs decreased by 11.7%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 84.2%, 2 points lower than last year.

Cargo

Cargo traffic increased by 13.5% in terms of cargo tonnes carried. Growth in scheduled traffic was +14.2%. Increase in Asian traffic was +33.7%. Volume in European traffic decreased by 13.1%. In North-Atlantic traffic cargo volume increased by 3.8%. Cargo traffic carried on chartered cargo flights increased by 7.1%. The cargo load factor was 62.3%. The cargo load factor in the Far Eastern traffic was 70.5% and in the North Atlantic traffic 77.1%.

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