Association of European Airlines: stats are up in H1
Airline passenger numbers in Europe increased in the first six months of 2013. The Association of European Airlines reported an increase of 2.9 million among their members during the period, a growth of 1.7% compared to the results of last year.
Long-haul passenger traffic to and from Europe increased by 3%. International short-haul and medium-haul traffic (intra-Europe, Middle East and North Africa) posted 3.2% growth.
“European airlines are constantly confronted with challenges that jeopardise their profitability,” the association said in a statement. “2013 is a crucial year for our members to overcome these challenges with the implemented cost-cuttings, capacity adjustments and revenue improvements.”
On capacity, the body added: “Airlines once again exercised considerable capacity constraint. With total scheduled available seat-kilometres growing by just 1.2%, less than half than the rate of RPK traffic growth, resulting in record-high passenger load factors, up by 1.2 % points to 78.8%.”
[pictured: Airbus A340-300; courtesy Finnair]