January passenger capacity was down 6 percent. As traffic decreased by only 3 percent, passenger load
factor improved by 2.3 percentage points to 78.5 percent.
On the Asia Pacific routes capacity was 2 percent lower than last year. As traffic in this route area was 3
percent lower than last year, load factor decreased by 0.8 percentage points to 81.5 percent.
North Atlantic load factor improved by 5.7 percentage points to 81.1 percent. This is the result of a
capacity decrease of 17 percent, which is in line with the previous months, and a decrease in traffic of 11
Traffic on the Middle East / South Asia route area was 5 percent up on last year. Capacity was down 3
percent, which resulted in a load factor improvement of 6.4 percentage points to 80.9 percent.
The strong improvement in load factor on the North Atlantic and the Middle East /South Asia route area
in part relates to last year’s increasing tension in the Middle East.
European traffic was 3 percent below last year`s level on 3 percent lower capacity. Load factor of 65.7
percent was virtually on the same level as last year.
In January, cargo traffic increased by 1 percent compared to last year on 2 percent lower capacity.
Cargo load factor improved by 2.3 percentage points to 67 percent.
Performance on the Asia Pacific routes continued to show a significant improvement with traffic up 11
percent on 6 percent higher capacity. Load factor on this route area increased by 3.2 percentage points
to 78.4 percent, which is a relative strong performance bearing in mind that the celebration of Chinese
New Year took place in January as opposed to February last year.
On the North Atlantic traffic decreased by 7 percent. As capacity was 10 percent lower than last year,
load factor increased by 2.1 percentage points to 66.9 percent.
Cargo traffic outbound Europe continues to be under pressure.