Finnair traffic performance in January 2018: +15.6 percent

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The fastest growth in Finnair history in progress – the number of passengers grew by 15.6 percent in January

In January, Finnair carried 965,700 passengers, or 15.6% more than in the corresponding period of 2017. The number of passengers grew the most in Asian traffic, 23.2%, but growth was also strong on North American routes (+18.0%), European flights (+14.0%) and domestic traffic (+13.1%). More than half of the passengers flew on European flights, more than one fifth on Domestic flights, one fifth on Asian flights and the rest on North American flights.

Finnair’s overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) increased in January by 19.8% year-on-year. In long-haul traffic, the capacity was increased mainly by the A350 aircraft introduced after the reference period. Additional capacity was allocated to additional frequencies to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and Chongqing, as well as to new seasonal routes to Goa, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta and Havana, which replaced Varadero that was operated in the reference period. The ASK growth in Asian traffic was 26.7% and in North American traffic 21.0%.

The 8.6% ASK growth in European traffic derived from the increase in the narrow-body fleet size year-on-year and the additional seating capacity added to some if its existing narrow-body aircraft. Capacity growth was directed at serving the new year-round destination Reykjavik, added frequencies especially to Stockholm, Copenhagen and Berlin and direct flights to Lapland from Paris, London and Zurich. The significant ASK growth in domestic traffic, +30.2%, reflects primarily added capacity to destinations in Northern Finland and shows Finnair’s contribution to boosting international tourism in Lapland. In January, 52% of Finnair’s ASKs were in Asian traffic, 33% on European routes and the rest in North American and domestic traffic.

Finnair’s traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) grew almost at the same pace with capacity growth, +19.3%. The fastest RPK growth was in Asian traffic, +23.8%. European traffic grew by 11.2%, North American traffic by 23.4% and domestic traffic by 16.0%. Despite the strong capacity growth, the aircraft flew full especially on long-haul routes – the Passenger Load Factor (PLF) was 86.8% in Asian traffic and 79.6% in North American traffic. In European traffic, PLF was 73.6% and in domestic traffic 60.1%. PLF in total traffic was at the same level as in the comparison period, 80.1% (-0.4%-points year-on-year).

Available Scheduled Cargo Tonne Kilometres increased by 19.8% year-on-year. Revenue Scheduled Cargo Tonne Kilometres increased by 17.5% driven by the good cargo market development in China and Finland. Finnair’s total cargo capacity also included three weekly freighter flights between Helsinki and Brussels, operated by DHL. Cargo flight volumes decreased from the comparison period, when Finnair rented cargo space from Japan Airlines. Finnair’s new COOL Nordic Cargo terminal was taken in full use in January.

Difficult winter conditions at Finnair’s home hub Helsinki-Vantaa caused several delays and cancellations in January, and 69.4% of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (75.8).

Traffic statistics for February 2018 will be published on Wednesday, 7 March 2018.

Finnair Traffic Performance January 2018

January 2018  %-Change  Year-to date   2018  %-Change 
Total Traffic
Passengers 1000 965.7 15.6 965.7 15.6
Available seat kilometres mill 3,275.8 19.8 3,275.8 19.8
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 2,624.7 19.3 2,624.7 19.3
Passenger load factor % 80.1 -0.4p 80.1 -0.4p
Cargo tonnes total 9,397.0 -3.5 9,397.0 -3.5
Available tonne kilometres mill 489.4 19.9 489.4 19.9
Revenue tonne-kilometres mill 296.2 16.1 296.2 16.1
Overall load factor % 60.5 -2.0p 60.5 -2.0p
Asia
Passengers 1000 196.2 23.2 196.2 23.2
Available seat kilometres mill 1,714.7 26.7 1,714.7 26.7
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 1,488.5 23.8 1,488.5 23.8
Passenger load factor % 86.8 -2.0p 86.8 -2.0p
Europe 
Passengers 1000 522.8 14.0 522.8 14.0
Available seat kilometres mill 1,092.5 8.6 1,092.5 8.6
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 804.1 11.2 804.1 11.2
Passenger load factor % 73.6 1.7p 73.6 1.7p
North Atlantic 
Passengers 1000 26.3 18.0 26.3 18.0
Available seat kilometres mill 259.2 21.0 259.2 21.0
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 206.3 23.5 206.3 23.5
Passenger load factor % 79.6 1.6p 79.6 1.6p
Domestic 
Passengers 1000 220.4 13.1 220.4 13.1
Available seat kilometres mill 209.5 30.2 209.5 30.2
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 125.8 16.0 125.8 16.0
Passenger load factor % 60.1 -7.3p 60.1 -7.3p
Cargo Traffic 
Europe tonnes 978.3 -42.9 978.3 -42.9
North Atlantic tonnes 484.8 -19.6 484.8 -19.6
Asia tonnes 7,405.4 24.2 7,405.4 24.2
Domestic tonnes 40.4 -71.2 40.4 -71.2
Cargo scheduled traffic total tonnes 8,908.8 5.8 8,908.8 5.8
Cargo flights, tonnes** 488.2 -62.9 488.2 -62.9
Cargo tonnes total 9,397.0 -3.5 9,397.0 -3.5
Available tonne kilometres* mill 119.5 11.4 119.5 11.4
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 61.2 5.5 61.2 5.5
Available sched.cargo tonne kms*, mill. 118.4 19.8 118.4 19.8
Revenue sched.cargo tonne kms, mill. 60.4 17.5 60.4 17.5
Cargo load factor* % 51.2 -2.9p 51.2 -2.9p
– North-Atlantic cargo load factor* % 40.7 -7.7p 40.7 -7.7p
– Asia cargo load factor* % 58.2 0.7p 58.2 0.7p
Scheduled traffic Cargo load factor*, % 51.0 -1.0p 51.0 -1.0p

* Operational calculatory capacity

** Including purchased traffic

Change %: Change compared to the figures of the respective periods in the previous year

(p = percentage points)

Available seat kilometres, ASK: Total number of seats available, multiplied by the number of kilometres flown

Revenue passenger kilometres, RPK: Number of revenue passengers carried, multiplied by kilometres flown

Passenger load factor: Share of revenue passenger kilometres of available seat kilometres

Available tonne kilometres, ATK: Number of tonnes of capacity for carriage of passengers, cargo and mail, multiplied by kilometres flown

Revenue tonne kilometres, RTK: Total revenue load consisting of passengers, cargo and mail, multiplied by kilometres flown

Overall load factor: Share of revenue tonne kilometres of available tonne kilometres

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