Asian focus boosts Finnair stats

In 2006, Finnair scheduled traffic grew 13.3% compared to the year before with the strongest growth taking place in Asian traffic with 27.3%, and the number of passengers on the Asian routes growing up to nearly 900,000.The entire Finnair Group carried last year about 8.8 million passengers, out of which 7.5 million passengers were on scheduled flights. Passenger load factor in the whole system grew by 2.5 percentage points and in scheduled traffic 3.9 percentage points.

Unit revenues, based on revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), on the fourth quarter remained on the previous year’s level, but the unit revenue for the whole year 2006 descended by 3%. Development of the average yield could not set aside increased cost, of which fuel costs were the most remarkable.

In December 2006, Finnair scheduled traffic increased by 14.3% compared to December last year. The passenger load factor was 68.6%, up 1.4 percentage points while the number of passengers carried was 569,171, up 1.1%.

Finnair traffic, measured in passenger kilometers, increased by 9.1% in December, while the capacity was up by 7.3%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 75% or 1.2 points higher than last year. All Finnair Group airlines altogether transported 659,886 passengers, which is 0.7% more than a year ago.

Finnair’s Tallinn-based subsidiary Aero AS, carried 33,694 passengers (-41.9%) on routes between Helsinki and the Baltic capitals and within Southern Finland. The full year passenger figure was 727,900 (-4%). During December, Stockholm-based FlyNordic carried 79,092 passengers (-17.1%). The full year passenger figure was 727,900 (+0.7%). Aero and FlyNordic figures are included in Finnair Group total figures.