Air Berlin passengers rise by 15%

Air Berlin carried 15 percent more passengers in July than it did a year earlier, lagging larger rival Ryanair , which posted a 23 percent increase. The airline also carried 1.61 million passengers last month, compared to just under 1.4 million a year earlier.

More passengers and better capacity utilisation in July
In the first seven months of 2006 Air Berlin PLC carried almost one million more passengers than in the comparable period of the previous year.

In July 2006 the company counted 1,613,227 passengers on board. That is 15.36 per cent more than in the same month of the previous year (1,398,380 passengers). Utilisation of aircraft capacity rose by 1.79 per cent to 85.67 per cent. In the first seven months of the year the cumulative number of passengers increased by 13 per cent to 8,540,223 (previous year: 7,557,880). Capacity utilisation in the same period rose by 2.73 per cent to 79.13 per cent. “By the end of the year we will have carried well above 15 million passengers,” commented Joachim Hunold, the chief executive officer of the second-largest German airline when speaking in Berlin on Sunday.

In July the airports experiencing the highest rates of growth for Air Berlin in Germany were Frankfurt (+44.83 %), Nuremberg (+26.01 %), Düsseldorf (+18.68 %), Berlin-Schönefeld (+18.1 %), Stuttgart (+15.54 %) and Hanover (+14.71 %). In other countries the highest growth was achieved in London Stansted with 94.68 %, followed by Catania (+89.47 %), Zurich (+55.39 %), Manchester (+38.59 %), Milan-Bergamo (+33.14 %) and Vienna (+27.37 %).