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Finnair Reports May 2009 Traffic

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In May 2009 Finnair's traffic declined by 11% from the previous year. Scheduled traffic in May was 9.8% lower than in 2008. Asian traffic declined by 10.8% and North American traffic by 7%. European traffic was 8% lower and domestic traffic 13.9% lower. In Cargo the fall in demand was sharper than in recent months and in May cargo volume declined by 28%.

Due to the fall in demand, Finnair has cut its capacity significantly in all types of traffic. Capacity has been cut in domestic traffic by more than a quarter, in leisure traffic by a fifth and in Asian traffic by more than 17%. Owing to the capacity cuts, passenger load factors improved from last  year, but are still below the long-term average.

“We have succeeded in adjusting capacity better than last year. There is still space on aircraft, however, and flight ticket prices are low. Unit revenue for scheduled passenger traffic has continued to fall steeply throughout the early part of the year,” said Finnair SVP Communications Christer Haglund.

Leisure traffic volume declined as expected from the previous month and was 16.8% lower in May.

Of Finnair's flights, 92.2% arrived on schedule, which represents an improvement of 7.2 percentage points from last year. The scheduled passenger  traffic punctuality percentage rose from April last year by 6.8 percentage points to 93.4%.

Finnair traffic decreased by 11%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 16.3%. Passenger load factor was 4.2 percentage points higher than year before, 69.1%. The number of passengers carried decreased by 11.3% and was 571,374.

Scheduled Traffic

Scheduled traffic decreased by 9.8%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 15.7%. Passenger load factor was 4.4 percentage points higher than year before, 66.8%. Number of passengers carried decreased by 10.2% and was 498,249.

Scheduled international traffic, decreased by 9.6%, measured in revenue  passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 15%. Passenger load factor was 4 percentage points higher than year before, 67.2%. Number of passengers carried  decreased by 10% and was 401,159.

European scheduled traffic, decreased by 8%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 13.1%. Passenger load factor was 3.6  percentage points higher than year before, 65.3%. Number of passengers carried decreased by 9.6% to 311,782.

North Atlantic scheduled traffic decreased by 9.1%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 7%. Passenger load factor was 1.7  percentage points lower than year before, 76.5%. Number of passengers carried  decreased by 9.1% to 12,433.

Asian scheduled traffic decreased by 10.8%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 17.4%. Passenger load factor was 4.9  percentage points higher than year before, 67.5%. Number of passengers carried  decreased by 12% to 76,944.

Domestic scheduled traffic decreased by 13.9%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 27.7%. Passenger load factor was 9.5  percentage points higher than year before, 59.1%. Number of passengers carried decreased by 10.9% to 97,090.

Leisure Traffic

Leisure traffic decreased by 16.8%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 20.4%. Passenger load factor was 3.6 percentage points higher than year before, 84.7%. Number of passengers carried decreased by 18.1% and was 73,125.

Cargo

Cargo traffic decreased by 28% in terms of cargo tonnes carried. Decrease in scheduled traffic was 27.1%. Cargo traffic decreased by 28.5% in  Asian traffic, decreased by 23% in European traffic and by 28.3% in North-Atlantic traffic.

Cargo traffic carried on chartered cargo flights decreased by 60.7%. The cargo load factor in Far Eastern traffic was 64.4% and in the North Atlantic
traffic 57.7%.

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