AEA members achieve record load factor of nearly 81%
According to initial estimates, airlines that are members of the Association of European Airlines achieved a record load factor of nearly 81% in 2014.
The airlines participating in the AEA’s traffic data analysis welcomed on board their domestic, European and intercontinental flights 11 million extra passengers during the year compared to 2013. Despite the slow economic growth in Europe this represents an increase of 3%. In terms of RPK (revenue passenger kilometre), it represents a growth of 4.4%.
Three quarters of the passengers flew on intra-European routes. As in 2013, the greatest proportional increase was seen on the long-haul network, which registered passenger growth of 4.5%. On routes within Europe, including domestic services, passenger growth amounted to 2.7%.
With only modest capacity expansion, this increased demand has been met thanks to the commercial strategies of the airlines and better aircraft utilisation, the AEA said.
[pictured: Malmö Airport; photo by Kenneth Hellman, courtesy Swedavia]