Finnair reports September 2004 traffic

Travel News Asia 13 October 2004

In September 2004, Finnair scheduled traffic increased by 14.9% compared to September last year. Passenger load factor was 65.8%, up 0.2 percentage points. The number of passengers carried was 582,100, up 15.5%.

All Finnair Group airlines altogether transported 704,100 passengers, which is 15.6% more than a year ago. The total traffic (RPK's), summing up both scheduled and leisure traffic, increased by 15.2%, while the capacity (ASK = available seat kilometres) was up by 14.8%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 69.8%, 0.2 points higher than last year.

Departure punctuality of scheduled flights was 93.7% (based on a fifteen minute standard), 0.8 points lower than in September 2003. Including leisure flights departure punctuality was 92.5% (-1.5 p.p). Arrival punctuality of scheduled flights was 94.8% and that of all operations was 93.8%. Finnair is one of the most punctual and regular airlines in Europe.

Finnair's Tallinn-based subsidiary Aero Airlines AS, carried 10,500 passengers (+15.1%) on Tallinn-Helsinki route. During September, Stockholm-based Flynordic (former Nordic Airlink) carried 66 215 passengers on its Scandinavian routes.

Scheduled traffic

In scheduled traffic (international + domestic) revenue passenger kilometres increased by 14.9%. The change in capacity was +14.5%. Passenger load factor was 65.8%, 0.2 percentage points higher than last year.

In scheduled international traffic, the total number of passengers was up by 23.0%, partly affected by adding Flynordic (former Nordic Airlink) figures. Capacity in ASKs was +16.6%, while RPKs increased by 16.1%.

In European scheduled traffic, ASKs increased by 15.0%, and as RPKs increased by 13.8%, the passenger load factor was 56.7%, down 0.6 points from previous year.

In North Atlantic scheduled traffic, capacity decreased by 3.3%. Change in RPKs was +10.8%, and passenger load factor for September was 76.8%, 9.8 points higher than previous year.

In Asian scheduled traffic, capacity increase was 25.1% mainly due to adding frequencies to Shanghai and Osaka since beginning of June. The passenger traffic was up by 19.8%. Passenger load factor was 79.7%, 3.5 percentage points down.

Domestic scheduled traffic increased by 5.3% on a capacity increase of 1.4%. Passenger load factor improved by 2.0 percentage points to 54.3%.

Leisure traffic

ASKs for leisure traffic increased in September by 15.6%, and RPKs increased by 15.8%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 84.6%, 0.2 points higher than last year.


Cargo traffic increased by 18.9% in terms of cargo tonnes carried. Growth in scheduled traffic was +8.1%. Increase in Asian traffic was 23.5%. Volume in European traffic decreased by 3.5%. In North-Atlantic traffic cargo volume increased by 1.1%. Cargo traffic carried on chartered cargo flights increased by 200%. The cargo load factor was 63.2%. The cargo load factor in the Far Eastern traffic was 80.4% and in the North Atlantic traffic 73.9%.

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