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Asian Traffic picking up for Finnair

Travel News Asia 13 August 2003

In July 2003 Finnair carried a total of 538,800 passengers, which is 5.8 % less than the year before. 415,400 of the passengers were carried in scheduled traffic (-7.7 %) and 123,400 in leisure traffic (+1.3 %). The total passenger traffic (RPK's) decreased by 3.3 %, while the capacity (ASK) was up by 2.7 %, resulting in a passenger load factor (including leisure flights) of 72.9 %, 4.5 points lower than last year.

Cumulative January-July traffic (RPK) was 3.2 % below 2002 level on a capacity increase of 3.4 %. Passenger load factor was 68.3 % (-4.7 %-points). Total number of passengers carried was 3,887,600 (-6.4 %).

Departure punctuality of scheduled flights was 92.0 % (based on a fifteen minute standard), exactly the same figure than in July 2002. Including leisure flights departure punctuality was 91.2 % (-0.4 p.u).

As from January 2003 Finnair's traffic performance report will also include the figures of Finnair's associated company Aero Airlines AS, to which Finnair handed over most of it's Helsinki-Tallinn operations in June 1st 2002. In July Aero carried 7,100 passengers (+24.4 %) with a PLF of 48.5 %.

Scheduled traffic

RPKs in scheduled traffic (international + domestic) decreased by 3.2 %. The change in capacity was +3.6 %. Passenger load factor was 67.3 %, 4.7 percentage points lower than last year.

In scheduled international traffic, premium traffic decreased by 12.1 %, while the total number of passengers was down by 6.4 %. Capacity in ASKs was +4.8 %, while RPKs decreased by 2.6 %.

In European scheduled traffic, ASKs remained on the same level as last year, and as RPKs decreased by 3.7 %, the passenger load factor was 63.2 %, down 2.4 points from previous year.

In North Atlantic scheduled traffic, capacity increased by 3.1 %. Change in RPKs was -6.7 %, and passenger load factor for July was 84.1 %, 8.8 p.u. lower than previous year. Premium traffic decreased by 27.4 %.

In Far East scheduled traffic, capacity increase was 15.5 %. The passenger traffic was up by 1.2 %. Passenger load factor was 72.5 %, 10.3 percentage units down. The number of premium passengers increased by 1.1 %.

Domestic scheduled traffic decreased by 10.0 % on a capacity decrease of 6.8 %. Passenger load factor decreased by 1.9 p.u. to 54.0 %.

Leisure traffic

ASKs for leisure traffic increased in July by 0.2 %, and RPKs decreased by 3.5 %, resulting in a passenger load factor of 89.4 %, 3.4 points lower than last year.


Cargo traffic decreased by 16.7 % in terms of cargo tonnes carried..

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