During February 2001 Alitalia Group overall passenger traffic on the entire network, expressed in Revenue Passenger Kilometre (RPK), showed a 0.2% increase compared to the same month on the previous year, which was a leap year, on a capacity reduced by 4.9%. This led to an improvement in the load factor of 3.4 p.p. reaching 65.9%. The overall number of passengers decreased by 0.8%. It is important to take into consideration that an additional day in February 2000 caused an increase of 3.5 p.p. on the comparison between the two periods.
With respect to the same period of the previous year, the performance shown by the international sector was very positive. Passenger traffic improved by 14% on a capacity offered grown by 3.4%. In particular, positive results were achieved on UE sector, where load factor showed an increase of 7.8 p.p., on Extra-Ue (+23,2% in RPKs) and on Middle East routes (+25,8% in RPKs). On the intercontinental routes though there was a 11% reduction in the capacity offered, mainly due to the cancellation of routes to Australia and East African destinations, passenger traffic decreased by 2.8% leading to a 6.1 p.p. improvement in the load factor. In particular, positive results were achieved on North Atlantic and Central American routes (respectively +13,8% and +15% in RPKs). On domestic routes, the policy aimed at improving unitary revenue continues with positive results, even though a 0.6% decrease in capacity offered was accompanied by a 7.6% reduction in passenger traffic.
Cargo traffic remained stable despite an increase of capacity offered by 2.2%. Consequently cargo load factor showed a decrease of 1.7 p.p. reaching 72.1%. In particular, positive results were achieved on the intercontinental network (especially North Atlantic and Far East) while the other sectors remained stable with an ongoing improvement of the unitary revenue compared to year 2000.
In the first two months of year 2001 overall passenger traffic showed an increase by 0.8% compared to the same period of 2000. Overall capacity decreased by 3.2%. Consequently load factor went up by 2.5 p.p. reaching 64.2%. The number of passenger went down by 0.5%.
Traffic increase was more considerable on the International network (+11.1% in RPK, with a load factor increased of 2.9 p.p). Load factor increased strongly also on the Intercontinental network (+6.2 p.p.) where the capacity offered went down by 9.4% as a consequence of the cancellation of routes mentioned above, while passenger traffic decreased only by 1%. With reference the intercontinental routes a particularly good performance was registered on the North Atlantic (+18% in RPK) and Central America (+10.4% in RPK), while on the international routes it is important to underline the positive trend on UE destinations (+4.6 p.p. in load factor) and on the Middle East (+30.2% in RPK on an 43,5% increase in ASKs).
In the first two months of the year cargo traffic decrease by 1.1% compared to the same period of 2000 on a similar capacity offered. Consequently load factor decrease by 0.8 p.p..