The strong traffic growth that has characterised recent months continued in February.
Compared to the same period the previous year, the number of revenue passenger kilometers on scheduled services (RPK), increased by 23.5%.
Commenting on the latest traffic results to be released, the Austrian Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Vagn Soerensen, said the following: “By continuing to expand into our Focus East regions and running targeted sales- and marketing campaigns, we succeeded in winning further market share in February and keeping our load factor for the off-season at its current high level. Despite the high kerosene costs and intense competition, we shall continue to do everything we can to take this positive traffic trend into the high season and beyond.”
This was accompanied by an expansion in available seat kilometers by 13.4%.
Thus the load factor on scheduled services was 6.0 percentage points above that for the same period last year, reaching 72.6%.
With around 588,000 passengers carried, scheduled services reported an increase of 16.2%.
The Austrian Airlines Group succeeded in producing double-digit growth in its overall passenger numbers for another month - the figure for February 2006 was up by 14.2% on February 2005 - and carried a total of 652,000 passengers on its scheduled and charter flights.
In the first two months of 2006 revenue passenger kilometers on scheduled services (RPK) increased by 22.0%. Compared to the same period of the previous year, available seat kilometers (ASK) rose by 11.1%. The passenger load factor on scheduled services stood at 72.8%, 6.5 percentage points above the correspondent figure for the previous year. A total of 1.34 million passengers were carried on scheduled and charter services, 14.3% more than in January and February 2005.