Finnair Asian Traffic Growth

In September Finnair carried a total of 615,100 passengers (-6.5%), 495,900 of these in scheduled traffic (-5.7%) and 119,200 in leisure traffic (-9.9%). With 2.4% less capacity and 0.3% more traffic (RPK), passenger load factor was 70.7%, 1.9 points higher than last year.

Comparisons of September 2002 figures with last year must take into account the impact of 9/11 events and the closure of US airspace for four days. Total revenue passenger kilometres are now 1.5% and RPKs of international scheduled passenger traffic 5.7% above the September 2000 level. Emphasis has moved to Asian traffic while North Atlantic and domestic traffic has decreased.

Departure punctuality of scheduled flights was 94.4% (based on a fifteen minute standard), 3.8 percentage units higher than in September 2001. Including leisure flights departure punctuality was 93.1% (+3.8 p.u).

RPKs in scheduled traffic (international + domestic) increased by 6.4%. Respectively the change in capacity was -0.1%. Passenger load factor was 65.3%, 4.0 percentage points higher than last year.

In scheduled international traffic, premium traffic increased by 2.1%, while the total number of passengers was down by -3.4%. Capacity in ASKs was +2.1%.


In European scheduled traffic, decrease in ASKs was -9.1%, and as RPKs decreased by -3.8%, there was a 3.2 p.u. increase in passenger load factor to 58.0% from previous year.

In North Atlantic scheduled traffic, capacity was cut by 10.7%. Change in RPKs was +0.6%, and passenger load factor for September was 85.0%, 9.5 p.u. up from previous year. Premium traffic increased by 50.5%.

In Far East scheduled traffic, capacity was increased by 46.5%. The passenger traffic increased by 42.1%. Passenger load factor was 80.0%, 2.5 percentage units down. The number of premium passengers increased by 72.7%.

Domestic scheduled traffic decreased by 8.2% on a capacity decrease of 10.3%. Passenger load factor improved by 1.3 p.u. to 55.2%.

ASKs for leisure traffic was cut in September by 8.6%, and RPKs decreased accordingly by 11.1%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 86.9%, 2.5 points lower than previous year.