In May 2001 Alitalia Group overall passenger traffic on the entire network showed a slight reduction in the load factor (-0.3 p.p.) at 73.3%.
Traffic, expressed in Revenue Passenger Kilometre (RPK), went down by 10,6% compared to the same month in the previous year. The total capacity offered, expressed in ASK, was reduced by 10.2%. The overall number of passengers decreased by 6.4%, also due to industrial actions occurred during May.
The load factor on the intercontinental sector showed an increase of 3.1 p.p. reaching 79.1%. Passenger traffic decreased by 14.6% while the capacity offered was down by 18%, mainly due to the cancellation of services to Australia, South and East African destinations.
In particular it has to be register the positive results achieved on the North American routes ( 81.6% in load factor +3 p.p.), and the stability of traffic on the Central American routes (+0.4 p.p. in load factor at 72.0%). On the international routes passenger traffic showed a decrease of 3.9% on a capacity offered down by 1.3%. Load factor decreased by 1.8% at 65.7%.
In particular, traffic increased on UE sector (+2.2 p.p. in load factor) while it decreased on the destinations to and from North Africa and Middle East (respectively -7.2% and -6.6% in RPK) as a consequence of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. On domestic routes capacity offered decreased by 1.7% while passenger traffic went down by 7.9%.
Cargo traffic decreased by 8.3% with a capacity offered reduced by 4.9%. Consequently cargo load factor went down by 2.4 p.p. reaching 65.7%.
In the first five months of year 2001 overall passenger traffic showed a reduction of 4.3% compared to the same period of 2000. Overall capacity decreased by 6.0%. Consequently load factor went up by 1.2 p.p. reaching 70.2%. The number of passenger went down by 3.1%.
Traffic increased on the International network by 3.8% in RPK, with the load factor up by 0.8 p.p.. Load factor increased also on the Intercontinental network (+4.5 p.p.) where passenger traffic decreased by 7.2% on a capacity offered reduced by 12.6% as a consequence of the cancellation of routes mentioned above. On domestic network traffic showed a decrease of 6.4% on a capacity offered reduced by 0.3%. Consequently load factor went down by 4.1 p.p. (from 66,8% to 62,7%).
From January to May 2001 cargo traffic decreased by 5.1% compared to the same period of 2000 .The available capacity was down by 2.5%. Cargo load factor decreased by 1.9 p.p..