In August, Finnair’s overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres increased by 11.0 per cent year-on-year, and traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres grew by 14.7 per cent. The number of passengers carried during the month was 1.08 million, corresponding to an increase of 10.1 per cent year-on-year. The passenger load factor increased by 2.7 percentage points to 85.8 per cent.
The capacity in Finnair’s largest traffic area, Asia, increased by 15.2 per cent in August and traffic grew by 18.7 per cent. Passenger load factor increased by 2.7 percentage points to 90.5 per cent. Finnair increased frequencies to Tokyo and Hong Kong in particular, but otherwise the selection of routes and frequencies was mainly unchanged year-on-year.
The capacity in North Atlantic traffic was broadly unchanged (ASK +1.4 per cent). Passenger load factor increased clearly by 7.4 percentage points to 90.4 per cent, leading to a 10.5 per cent growth in traffic. The most significant year-on-year changes in the flight programme were the suspension of the Miami route for the summer and the launch of a new San Francisco route, operated three times a week from the beginning of June.
Finnair’s capacity in European traffic increased by 9.0 per cent reflecting new seasonal routes opened for the summer as well as four new A321 narrow-body aircraft and traffic grew by 11.5 per cent year-on-year. Domestic capacity was flat (ASK +0.2 per cent) but traffic decreased by 4.7 per cent. The Oulu airport had traffic restrictions due to the resurfacing of the runway throughout the month, which was reflected in traffic decline.
Available Scheduled Cargo Tonne Kilometres increased by 14.3 per cent and Revenue Scheduled Cargo Tonne Kilometres increased by 19.7 per cent. The strong performance of cargo continued in August, driven by the main Chinese destinations, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway and Finland. Finnair’s total cargo capacity also included three weekly freighter flights between Helsinki and Brussels, operated by DHL as well as cargo space rented on Japan Airlines’ daily flights between Tokyo and Helsinki.
In August, 87.5 per cent of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (88.9).
Traffic statistics for September 2017 will be published on Tuesday, 10 October 2017.