Finnair carried a total of 538,000 passengers, which is 3.2% more than year before. 436,200 of the passengers were carried in scheduled traffic (+0.4%) and 101,800 in leisure traffic (+17.0%). In January 2003 the total passenger traffic (RPK’s) increased as much as by 13.9%, while the capacity (ASK) was up by 13.1%, resulting in a passenger load factor (including leisure flights) of 70.3%, 0.5 points higher than last year.
Departure punctuality of scheduled flights was 83.6% (based on a fifteen minute standard), 0.6 percentage units lower than in January 2002. Including leisure flights departure punctuality was 82.7% (-0.2 p.u).
As from January 2003 the traffic performance report will also include the figures of Finnair’s associated company Aero Airlines, to which Finnair handed over most of its Helsinki-Tallinn operations in June 1st 2002. In January Aero carried 11,100 passengers with a PLF of 54.6%. Aero Airlines’ share of European RPK’s was 0.5%, and from total RPK’s 0.1%.
Scheduled traffic: RPKs in scheduled traffic (international + domestic) increased by 12.2%. Respectively the change in capacity was +11.3%. Passenger load factor was 58.0%, 0.4 percentage points better than last year.
In scheduled international traffic, premium traffic decreased by 4.1%, while the total number of passengers was up by 5.7%. Capacity in ASKs was +14.6%, and RPK increase +15.8%.
In European scheduled traffic, increase in ASKs was +2.8%, and as RPKs increased by 5.1%, there was a 1.1 p.u. increase in passenger load factor to 48.2% from previous year.
In North Atlantic scheduled traffic, capacity was increased by 22.7%. Change in RPKs was +8.4%, and passenger load factor for January was 70.7%, 9.4 p.u. down from previous year. Premium traffic increased by 16.6%.
In Far East scheduled traffic, capacity increase was 40.9%. The passenger traffic increased by 34.6%. Passenger load factor was 77.1%, 3.6 percentage units down. The number of premium passengers increased by 56.6%.
Domestic scheduled traffic decreased by 4.9% on a capacity decrease of 1.9%. Passenger load factor decreased by 1.5 p.u. to 49.2%.
Leisure traffic: ASKs for leisure traffic was increased in January by 17.0%, and RPKs increased accordingly by 16.1%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 95.1%, 0.8 points lower than previous year.
Cargo: Cargo traffic increased by 7.5% in terms of cargo tonnes carried. In scheduled traffic cargo tonnes increased 21.0%. The biggest growth took place in the Asian traffic. In the European traffic cargo tonnes increased 6.8%. Load factor of chartered cargo traffic was 63.8%. Demand in cargo traffic was typically on the lowest level in the year cycle.