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Finnair scheduled traffic increases 12.1% in November 2005

Travel News Asia 14 December 2005

In November 2005, Finnair scheduled traffic increased by 12.1% compared to November last year. Passenger load factor was 63.6%, up 1.9 percentage points and the number of passengers carried was 585 900, up 6.1%.

Finnair's Tallinn-based subsidiary Aero AS, carried 69,800 passengers (+32.8%) on routes between Helsinki and the Baltic capitals and within Southern Finland. During November, Stockholm-based FlyNordic continued to gain market share and carried 109,000 passengers (+30.2%). Both Aero and FlyNordic figures are included in the Finnair Group's total figures.

Finnair total traffic, measured in passenger kilometers, increased by 4.5% in November, while the capacity was up by 4.3%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 69% or 0.1 points higher than last year. All Finnair Group airlines altogether transported 676,500 passengers, which is 3.7% more than a year ago.

Departure punctuality of scheduled flights was 87.2% (based on a fifteen minute standard), 1.1 points lower than in November 2004. Including leisure flights departure punctuality was 85.7% (-1.0 p.p). Arrival punctuality of scheduled flights was 86.8% and that of all operations was 85.1%.

Scheduled traffic

In scheduled traffic (international + domestic) revenue passenger kilometres increased by 12.1%. The change in capacity was + 8.8%, while the passenger load factor was 63.6%, 1.9 percentage points higher than last year.

In scheduled international traffic, the total number of passengers was up by 11.5%. Capacity in ASKs was + 11.2%, while RPKs increased by 13.9%.

In European scheduled traffic, ASKs increased by 1.8%, and as RPKs increased by 10.1%, the passenger load factor was 56.4%, up 4.3 points from the previous year.

In North Atlantic scheduled traffic, capacity decreased by 5%. Change in RPKs was + 25.6%, and the passenger load factor for November was 84.9%, 13.9 points higher than in 2004.

In Asian scheduled traffic, the capacity increase was 25.9%. Passenger traffic was up by 15.7% while the passenger load factor was 73.1%, 6.5 percentage points down. The remarkable capacity growth was derived from a new route to Guangzhou opened in September as well as increased frequencies in November to Bangkok and Osaka.

Domestic scheduled traffic decreased by 2.7% on a capacity decrease of 5.6%. Passenger load factor increased by 1.5 percentage points to 50.4%.

Leisure traffic

ASKs for leisure traffic decreased in November by 6.4%, and RPKs decreased by 8.6%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 83.6%, 2.0 points lower than last year.

Cargo

Cargo traffic increased by 12.7% in terms of cargo tonnes carried. Growth in scheduled traffic was +18.1%. Increase in Asian traffic was +34.2%. Volume in European traffic increased by 6.3%. In North-Atlantic traffic cargo volume decreased by 2.5%. Cargo traffic carried on chartered cargo flights decreased by 14.9%.

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