Faro Airport recorded in March, an increase of 0.1% in the number of aircraft movements and 5.4% in commercial passengers (including transits) over the same period last year.
Passenger traffic in March reflected an increase of 0.4% in the charter segment increased by 5.7% in the segment of regular traffic, with a strong contribution of over 8.6% in the low-cost component. This increase has contributed significantly to the fact that Easter period have occurred this month as well as the anticipation of a part of Operation Summer IATA’13 which began on 31 March (summer season last year began in March 25 and Easter period in April). Overall, the variation in passenger traffic occurs by increasing the average occupancy rate (load factor) by 2.1 percentage points to 81% and with the increased volume of available seats by 2.6% compared March of the previous year, totaling 217,000 seats.
Among the major markets, the United Kingdom (+2.6%), denoted by Algarve resilience in demand in the final period this winter, given the 1.6% drop in the supply of places occurred. In other major markets, there was an increase in passenger traffic to the Netherlands (+11.0%) and Germany (+40.2%), totaling an increase of 14,600 passengers. In the same sense we had Ireland (+9.9%) which handled over 1500 passengers and even the domestic market (+2.1%). The remaining markets reflected together, a drop of 5.2 million passengers, ie, a reduction of 12.6% over the same period last year, showing an increase of the concentration of traffic in the top 5 (representing 87% the total traffic).
London, connected to the main destination Faro, recorded a loss of 4.5%, but in the opposite direction, to highlight the growth observed for Manchester (+12.3%), translated into over 2000 passengers, thus following the significant increase 9.6% in the supply of places that route. Dublin and Bristol were the other destinations that grew among the top at 6.0% and 1.5% respectively. The hub of TAP (Lisbon) increased 2.6% this month, while the connection to Port attenuated the falls occurred in the first months of the year.
Opposing the registration of the previous month, Ryanair noted an exceptional increase in passenger traffic this month (+27.2%) accounted for more than 20 400 passengers, leading notably in the volume of passenger traffic processed at Faro Airport, by comparison the reduction of transaction observed by its main competitor easyJet (-5.7%). Together, Ryanair and easyJet carried over 17,000 passengers to the Algarve region than in the corresponding month of the previous year, reaching a combined market share of the two major low-cost airlines in 52%. Also increases the movement of passengers we Monarch (+2.4%) and Transavia (+10.6%), which together carried more passengers in 3000 than in the same month of the previous year. Finally, Air Berlin, with about 21 thousand passengers transported decreased by 2.0% compared to March of the previous year, reflecting the transition part of the operation which it provided via Palma to direct connections to Germany.