SWISS posts high load factors

SWISS achieved a systemwide seat load factor of 78.8 per cent for the first six months of 2007, a 1.1-percentage-point improvement on the prior-year period. Seat load factor on intercontinental services stood at 83.2 per cent (prior-year period: 82.3 per cent), while seat load factor on SWISS’s European network amounted to 69.5 per cent, a rise of 1.4 percentage points. SWISS carried some 5.7 million passengers in the first six months of 2007, compared to 5 million for the same period a year ago.
SWISS’s systemwide seatload factor for June 2007 stood at 82.7 per cent, virtually unchanged from the high 83 per cent of the same month last year. June seat load factor on intercontinental services rose 1.1 percentage points to 87.2 per cent, while seat load factor on the European network slipped slightly to 73.6 per cent (2006: 76.4 per cent). SWISS carried 1,024,124 passengers on its scheduled services in June 2007 (June 2006: 950,496 passengers).

The number of flights performed in June also showed a slight year-on-year increase: total European flights rose2.2 per cent, while total intercontinental services were 6.1 per cent up on June 2006.

SWISS operated 10,732 flights last month, an overall increase of 2.8 per cent. The greater flight volumes are due directly to the fleet expansion that SWISS has been conducting since last November.

The total cargo volumes carried by Swiss WorldCargo for the first half of 2007 were broadly in line with the same period last year. Cargo load factor by volume for the period stood at 84.7 per cent (prior year: 85.3 per cent).