Alitalia’s passenger revenues and number of travellers continue to grow in August 2019. In the eighth month of this year, the Italian airline recorded 2.5 per cent increase in passenger revenues, compared to August of the previous year. In the period between January and August of this year, Alitalia reported 2 per cent growth in passenger revenues, compared to the same eight months of 2018.
The number of passengers carried performed positive results even in August: Alitalia carried over 2 million travellers during this month, with 0.4 per cent increase compared to the same month of 2018.
The results achieved in August were driven by the excellent performance on long-haul routes sector, which recorded an increase in the number of carried passengers by 5.4 per cent compared to the 2018 and by 7.3 per cent compared to August 2017. On long-haul services the airline carried 288,667 travellers, the highest number since 2009. These figures have also caused a growth in long-haul revenues by 4.3 per cent, versus August 2018. In the first eight months of 2019, the long-haul flights’ sector saw an increase in revenues by 4.7 per cent and in travellers by 4 per cent.
Simultaneously with the improvement of the economic performance, Alitalia confirmed positive results also for the on-time performance. According to the analysis conducted by the authoritative US independent data services society FlightStats, Alitalia has ranked second most punctual airline in Europe between January and August 2019. In August, the Italian airline has ranked eleventh in Europe. The result was due to the transfer of flights to Milan Malpensa for the closure of Linate airport and to some days of exceptionally bad weather that hit several Italian airports.