Finnair traffic climbs in February
Finnair’s scheduled traffic grew in February by just over 2 per cent, measured in passenger kilometres, and nearly 3 per cent more passengers were carried on scheduled flights than in February the previous year. Traffic overall declined, however, by more than 9 per cent, mainly due to leisure traffic. In traffic overall, passenger numbers fell by 4 per cent.
A small pick-up was perceptible in Asian and European traffic. Asian traffic grew by more than 3 per cent and European traffic by more than 5 per cent. Business travel also increased outside Finland.
“The faint glimmer of a recovery is no more than that. Ticket prices are still low, so emerging growth has brought no significant financial boost yet,” says Finnair’s SVP Communications Christer Haglund.
Load factors rose slightly due to capacity cuts, except in North American traffic. The Asian traffic load factor rose by more than 8 percentage points from the previous year to more than 85 per cent. Capacity in Asia traffic was cut by nearly 7 per cent. The European traffic load factor was 66 per cent, just over 5 percentage points more than last in February last year.
The leisure traffic load factor rose by more than 3 percentage points to more than 94 per cent.
The amount of cargo carried in scheduled traffic grew by nearly 25 per cent. In Asian traffic, growth was nearly 34 per cent.
The exceptionally difficult winter conditions that prevailed throughout the whole of Europe adversely affected the February punctuality figures. Of Finnair’s scheduled flights, nearly 69 per cent arrived on schedule, which is 19 percentage points less than last year. The punctuality of traffic overall declined 18 percentage points to just over 66 per cent.