operation result for the third quarter 2008 was 2.8 million euros, compared with 40
million euros a year earlier. Turnover rose 2.7% while traffic grew by 7.6%
“What is usually the best quarter of the year fell far short of expectations. The main factors were a historically high fuel price and an average
ticket price weakened by the economic downturn,” said Finnair’s President & CEO Jukka
Finnair's traffic demand has continued to grow, but more modestly than in the early part of the year.,
and while load factors have been higher
than the previous year, price levels have fallen.
“Demand is actually quite good, but instead of business passengers aircraft are increasingly carrying leisure passengers, who pay less for their
tickets,” said Hienonen.
Finnair Scheduled Passenger Traffic's average revenue per passenger kilometre fell in the third quarter by around
4%. The benefit
arising from the recent fall in fuel prices has been significantly diluted by a weakening of the average price of tickets and a strengthening of the
Operating expenses rose by 15%
between July-September compared with the previous year. Unit costs of flight operations per tonne kilometre
rose by nearly 5% and fuel costs rose between July-September by 36%. Fuel is the company’s largest single cost item.
“Conditions for profitable business are increasingly marginal. In this situation, we have sought cost savings by rationalising operations and
cutting capacity, which will also impact on personnel costs,” Hienonen
In 2009, Finnair will modernise its long-haul fleet. Next year, five new Airbus A330 wide-bodied aircraft will be acquired by the company replacing
current Boeing MD-11 aircraft.
“This year and next, great challenges lie ahead for the profit development of the airline industry and we in Finnair are not immune to this
situation. We will, however, implement our planned investments in new aircraft and find in our organisation the efficiencies we need to ensure
that we are in good shape when economic conditions recover,” Hienonen
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