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Finnair Reports August 2009 Traffic

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Finnair's scheduled passenger traffic in August 2009 declined by more than 7% and capacity was cut by more than 9%, which improved the load factor by one and a half percentage points to more than 80%.

Capacity was cut to match falling demand as well as possible. With our capacity cuts of around 10% we kept the load factor at a good level, but the price level is still decreasing. As the holiday season comes to an end, demand is expected to fall, so we will adjust traffic further, said Finnair's SVP  Communications Christer Haglund.

Asian traffic declined by 13% from August 2008. A more than 16% capacity cut raised the load factor by more than 3 percentage points to 87%.

European traffic declined by nearly 6%. Cuts in capacity kept the load factor at last year's level of 71%. Domestically, traffic was around 5% less and Finnair's capacity 2% less. The load factor in domestic traffic was 61%.

In North American traffic, there was an increase in the number of New York flights compared to last year. Passenger numbers grew by nearly 37% and load factor rose to 92%.

Leisure traffic declined in August by 25% and capacity by 17%, so the leisure traffic load factor fell by nearly 9% to 79%.

Finnair's traffic overall, measured in revenue passenger kilometres, declined by over 10% in August compared with the same month the previous year.

Passenger numbers declined by more than 9%, cargo traffic decreased by more than 11% in terms of cargo tonnes carried and cargo traffic in scheduled traffic decreased by nearly 11%.

Of Finnair's flights, 92.7% arrived on schedule, which represents an improvement of 7.5 percentage points from last year. The scheduled passenger traffic punctuality percentage rose from August last year by 6.4 percentage points to 93.5%.

Finnair Traffic

Finnair traffic altogether decreased by 10.2%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 10.1%. Passenger load factor was 0.1 percentage points lower than year before, 80.2%. Number of passengers carried decreased by 9.2% and was 656 484.

Scheduled Traffic

Scheduled traffic decreased by 7.3%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 8.9%. Passenger load factor was 1.4 percentage points  higher than year before, 80.4%. Number of passengers carried decreased by 5.4% and was 577,352.

Scheduled international traffic, decreased by 7.4%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 9.2%. Passenger load factor was 1.6 percentage points higher than year before, 81.2%. Number of passengers carried decreased by 6.5% and was 491,508.

European scheduled traffic, decreased by 5.7%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 5.4%. Passenger load factor was 0.2 percentage points lower than year before, 70.9%. Number of passengers carried decreased by 5.2% and was 357,504.

North Atlantic scheduled traffic increased by 36.8%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity increased by 36.4%. Passenger load factor was 0.3 percentage points higher than year before, 92%. Number of passengers carried  increased by 36.8% and was 21,937.

Asian scheduled traffic decreased by 13.2%, measured in revenue passenger ilometres. Capacity decreased by 16.4%. Passenger load factor was 3.1 percentage points higher than year before, 87.1%. Number of passengers carried decreased by 15.6% and was 112 067.

DDomestic scheduled traffic decreased by 4.7%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 2%. Passenger load factor was 1.7 percentage points lower than year before, 60.9%. Number of passengers carried increased by 1.9% and was 85,844.

Leisure Traffic

Leisure traffic decreased by 25%, measured in revenue passenger kilometres. Capacity decreased by 16.8%. Passenger load factor was 8.6 percentage points  lower than year before, 78.9%. Number of passengers carried decreased by 30.1% and was 79 132.

Cargo

Cargo traffic decreased by 11.5% in terms of cargo onnes carried.

Decrease in scheduled traffic was 10.8%. Cargo traffic decreased by 11.2% in Asian traffic, decreased by 9.4% in European traffic and decreased by 9.9% in North-Atlantic traffic.

Cargo traffic carried on chartered cargo flights decreased by 82.4%. The cargo load factor in the Asian traffic was 75.1% and in the North Atlantic traffic 48.9%.

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Finnair, August 2009

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