Finnair boosted by Asian numbers

The demand in Finnair’s Asian traffic, measured in passenger kilometers, was up 34.9% in August 2007 compared to last year. The passenger load factor rose three percentage points to 82.5%. European traffic grew nearly 30%. Demand in North American scheduled traffic was down by 4.5% and the passenger load factor was 86.6%. Domestic capacity was reduced and the passenger load factor improved. Finnair’s entire scheduled traffic increased by 27.1% compared to July last year. The passenger load factor was 77.2%, up 1.7 percentage points. The number of passengers carried was 615,169 up 12.6%.

Finnair leisure traffic decreased by 10.5% from the previous year. As capacity was cut with 1.4%, the passenger load factor was down 7.8 percentage points. Finnair’s total capacity and demand increased by 19.8% in July, resulting in a passenger load factor of 77.1%, same as last year. All Finnair Group airlines altogether transported 709,832 passengers, which is 8.6% more than a year ago.

Finnair’s Tallinn-based subsidiary Aero AS, carried 23,335 passengers (- 60.8%) on routes between Helsinki and the Baltic capitals and within Southern Finland. Aero figures are included in the Finnair Group’s total figures.

Arrival punctuality of scheduled flights was 83.7% (based on a fifteen minute standard), -4.7 points lower than in August 2006. Leisure flights included, arrival punctuality was 82.5% (-4.5 p.p).