This year`s February capacity and traffic figures are negatively influenced by approximately 3.5% compared to February 2000, because the year 2000 was a leap year.
February traffic decreased by 1%, while capacity decreased by 3%. Consequently, overall load factor increased by 1.3 percentage points from 75.6% in February 2000 to 76.9% this year, building on earlier improvements in load factor this fiscal year. Load factor improved strongly in the route areas North Atlantic and Africa.
Passenger traffic decreased by 5%, whereas capacity decreased by 7%. Apart from the leap year effect mentioned above, available seat kilometers showed a decrease as a result of the further rationalization of our European network. The impact of these measures has been visible since the start of this winter.
Passenger load factor increased by 1.6 percentage points to 75.7% compared to February 2000. Passenger load factor improved in the route areas North Atlantic, Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa. The growth in Business Class traffic continued to exceed that of Economy Class traffic.
Cargo traffic increased by 4%, whereas capacity increased by 1%. Traffic growth was especially strong in the route areas Africa and Asia Pacific. Despite the leap year overall cargo load factor increased by 2.1 percentage points to 73.7%.