Finnair Reports April 2010 Traffic

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Finnair's overall traffic, measured in revenue passenger kilometres, declined by nearly 23% in April 2010 compared with the previous year. Available seat  kilometres also declined by more than 22%. Scheduled traffic was more  than 16% lower.

 The impact of the volcanic ash chaos was smallest in Finnair's Asian traffic, which declined by just under 6%, because it was possible to resume long-haul flights more quickly.

"Finnair's traffic was adversely affected by the ash cloud for over a week, which was an unprecedented situation. Within airspace restrictions, we were able at first to resume flights gradually and the situation returned to normal  traffic within a few days," said Finnair SVP Communications Christer Haglund.

The trend for the early part of the year was positive, however. In January-April, Finnair's scheduled traffic grew, measured in revenue passenger kilometres, by 1 1/2%. Asian traffic grew by nearly 7%. Leisure traffic declined by a third in the early part of the year with passenger load factors also at a good level in the early part of the year.

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