SWISS has posted its first half results, showing seat load factor unchanged from last year at 78.8%, despite raising capacity by 12.5% year-on-year.
A total of 6,448,605 customers flew on SWISS in the first half of 2008 - a 12 per cent increase on the 5 755 519 of January-to-June 2007.
The airline said its seat load factor remains encouragingly above the average currently being achieved by Europe’s air carriers.
Seat load factor on SWISS’s European services amounted to 70.9 per cent in the first half of 2008, up 1.3 percentage points from the 69.6 per cent of the prior-year period. First-half seat load factor for SWISS intercontinental services suffered a slight 0.7-percentage-point decline, from the 83.2 per cent of January-to-June 2007 to 82.5 per cent.
Swiss WorldCargo business unit reported a cargo load factor (by volume) of 84.0 per cent (2007: 84.7 per cent) for the first six months of 2008 and remains at very high level despite the significant capacity increase.
With new daily services introduced in the intervening period, SWISS’s intercontinental capacity was 18.1 per cent higher in June 2008 in available seat-kilometre terms. Intercontinental seat load factor slipped from 87.2 per cent to 85.2 per cent, but remained encouragingly high. European seat load factor was virtually unchanged at 73.7 per cent (June 2007: 73.6 per cent), despite a 10.8 per cent increase in available seat-kilometre capacity.
SWISS carried 1,136,502 customers on its scheduled services in June 2008, a 9.8 per cent improvement on the 1,034,653 of June 2007. The carrier operated a total of 11,197 flights in June 2008, 7.6 per cent more than the 10,409 of the prior-year period.