Short and medium-haul boost for Austrian

The trend in the short- and medium-haul segment was particularly positive for Austrian Airlines in January. Above-average levels of passenger growth of 7.7% were reported in January compared to the previous year. Revenue passenger kilometers on these scheduled services (RPK) increased by a healthy 10.8% compared to 2006, while scheduled availability (ASK) rose by 9.4%. The resultant passenger load factor was 58.7%, 0.7 percentage points above the previous year’s figure.
Scheduled availability on long-haul (in ASK) was reduced according to plan by 7.9%, while revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) in the same segment fell by just 6.8%. The resultant passenger load factor was 82.9%, or 1.0 percentage points above the figure for the previous year.

Overall the Austrian Airlines Group transported 665,561 passengers on scheduled services in January 2007, an increase of 5.5% compared to January 2006. Due to the structural effect in the long haul segment, the traffic result measured in revenue passenger kilometers on scheduled services (RPK) was slightly below that for the comparable period the previous year, down by 1.7%, while scheduled availability (ASK) was reduced by 1.5% compared to 2006. The resultant passenger load factor on scheduled services, at 73.0%, was at the same level as the previous year. With around 715,000 passengers carried on scheduled and charter services, total growth was 3.8%. The load factor on scheduled and charter flights increased by 0.6 percentage points to 73.1%.