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Austrian sees 11% rise in traffic

The Austrian Airlines Group has increased its traffic statistics by a dynamic 14.6% in the first half-year of 2006 where measured in revenue passenger kilometres on scheduled services (RPK). Available seat kilometres (ASK) rose by 11.3% compared to the same period the previous year. From January to June, the Austrian Airlines Group carried approximately 4.3 million passengers on its scheduled services, an increase of 13% compared to last year.

The passenger load factor on scheduled services improved by 2.1 percentage points compared to 2005, reaching 72.1%. Almost 5 million passengers were transported on scheduled and charter services, a 10.8% increase on 2005.

The Austrian share of passenger growth at its Vienna hub in the first six months of 2006 was a considerable 70%. This means that, of the 580,000 extra passengers who flew either from or via Vienna, around 410,000 were generated in the international route network of the Austrian Airlines Group.

In June, the number of revenue passenger kilometres sold on scheduled services (RPK) also increased compared to the previous year, by 2.5%. This contrasted with an expansion in availability of 5.4% where measured in available seat kilometres (ASK). At 72.9%, the load factor on scheduled services was 2.0 percentage points below the figure for last year. The Austrian Airlines Group carried approximately 819,000 passengers on its scheduled flights in June, an increase of 6.0% compared to June 2005. The Austrian Airlines Group again reported an increase, with total growth in the number of passengers of 5.9% compared to June 2005. A total of 1.058 million passengers were carried on scheduled and charter services.