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Disputes Impact Finnairís November 2009 Traffic

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Finnair's November traffic figures were affected by the recent pilots strike which caused the airline to cancel more than 400 flights disrupting the travel plans of more than 40,000 passengers.

 In November 2009, Finnair's scheduled passenger traffic declined by 20% when measured in passenger kilometres from the previous year. Capacity was cut by more than 18% and passenger load factor fell 1.5% percentage points to 70%.

Asian traffic declined by 19% and capacity was more than 16% lower than the previous year, resulting in a decline in the load factor by nearly three percentage points to 77%.

European and domestic traffic both declined by more than 20%, with capacity falling by similar levels in both areas. Passenger load factors rose slightly to 60% in Europe, and to 57% domestically.

In North American traffic, capacity was cut compared with last year by nearly 8%. Traffic fell by nearly 23%, and passenger load factor declined by more than 14 percentage points to under 74%.

Leisure traffic declined by 23%. Capacity was cut by 25% and load factor rose by two percentage points to 85%.

Of Finnair's flights, nearly 80% arrived on schedule in November, which represents an improvement of more than two percentage points from last year. The scheduled traffic punctuality rose by the same amount and was slightly less than 82%.

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