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Finnair scheduled traffic grew by 13.4% in June 2006

Travel News Asia Wednesday, 12 July 2006

Finnair scheduled traffic increased by 13.4% compared to June last year. Passenger load factor was 76.2%, up 5.2 percentage points while the number of passengers carried was 679 500, up 9%. During the second quarter the average yield per revenue passenger kilometer is expected to have decreased about 5%.

Total Finnair traffic, measured in passenger kilometers, increased by 7.8%, while the capacity was up by 2.9%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 78.7% or 3.5 points higher than last year. All Finnair Group airlines altogether transported 815,100 passengers, which is 5.2% more than a year ago.

Finnair's Tallinn-based subsidiary Aero AS, carried 70,800 passengers (+ 12.5%) on routes between Helsinki and the Baltic capitals and within Southern Finland. During June, Stockholm-based FlyNordic carried 107,900 passengers (+ 9.8%). Aero and FlyNordic figures are included in Finnair Group total figures.

Departure punctuality of scheduled flights was 84.8% (based on a fifteen minute standard), 5.1 points lower than in June 2005. Including leisure flights departure punctuality was 83.1% (-5.8 p.p) while arrival punctuality of scheduled flights was 87.4% and that of all operations was 85.7%.

Scheduled traffic

In scheduled traffic (international + domestic) revenue passenger kilometres increased by 13.4%. The change in capacity was +5.7% and the passenger load factor was 76.2%, 5.2 percentage points higher than last year.

In scheduled international traffic, the total number of passengers was up by 11%. Capacity in ASKs was +6.7%, while RPKs increased by 14.4%.

In European scheduled traffic, ASKs increased by 0.4%, and as RPKs increased by 9.9%, the passenger load factor was 74.4%, up 6.5 points from previous year.

North Atlantic scheduled traffic capacity decreased by 13.1%. Change in RPKs was -13.2%, and passenger load factor for June was 89.1%, 0.1 points lower than previous year.

In Asian scheduled traffic, the capacity increase was 19.7% and passenger traffic was up by 27%. The Passenger load factor was 80.6%, 4.7 percentage points up.

Domestic scheduled traffic increased by 0.2% on a capacity decrease of -4.4%. Passenger load factor increased by 2.5 percentage points to 54.3%. 

Leisure traffic

ASKs for leisure traffic decreased in June by 5.9%, and RPKs decreased by 6.9%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 88.2%, 0.9 points lower than last year.

Cargo

Cargo traffic increased by 7.7% in terms of cargo tonnes carried. Growth in scheduled traffic was +9.1%. Increase in Asian traffic was +17.5%. Volume in European traffic decreased by 5.2%. In North-Atlantic traffic cargo volume increased by 19.2%. Cargo traffic carried on chartered cargo flights increased by 0.3%. The cargo load factor was 57.8%. The cargo load factor in the Far Eastern traffic was 71.7% and in the North Atlantic traffic 88.2%.

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