Finnair traffic performance in November 2019: +10.6 percent

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Despite the support strike in Finland, passenger load factor growth remained strong 

In November, Finnair carried 1,084,000 passengers, 10.6% more than in the corresponding period of 2018. The overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) increased in November by 9.4%. Finnair’s traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) increased by 13.1%, and the Passenger Load Factor (PLF) increased year-on-year by 2.5% points to 77.1%.  

Finnair’s long-haul capacity increased year-on-year with three new A350 aircraft that entered the service after the comparison period. The ASK growth in Asian traffic was 8.3%, mainly due to the doubling of Hong Kong frequencies, additional frequencies to Bangkok as well as the opening of Daxing (Beijing) route even though the support strike affected the Asian flights. The North American capacity increased by 45.6% following the opening of the new Los Angeles route in March and additional frequencies to Chicago.  

In European traffic, the ASKs were up by 5.8%. The growth derived from additional seating capacity in some of the existing narrow-body aircraft and the changes in the route network. The added capacity was directed especially to London and to new destinations Hannover and Trondheim. Capacity in domestic traffic decreased by 2.1% mainly due to changes in traffic plan 

RPKs increased in Asian traffic by 9.6%, in North American traffic by 45.6%, in European traffic by 12.6% and in domestic traffic by 6.8%. The PLF was 78.4% in Asian traffic, 75.3% in North American traffic, 77.1% in European traffic and 66.7% in domestic traffic.  

Passenger numbers increased in Asian traffic by 9.8%, in North American traffic by 41.5%, in European traffic by 12.5% and in domestic traffic by 2.1%.  

Available scheduled cargo tonne-kilometres increased by 3.8% year-on-year whereas revenue scheduled cargo tonne-kilometres decreased by 3.9%. November performance was strongly impacted by the postal and support strikes in Finland. Overall global uncertainty in world trade continues to press the global air freight market and was especially visible in Finnair’s cargo markets in Asia.  

In November, 86.1% of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (85.6%). 

Traffic statistics for December 2019 will be published on Tuesday 7 January 2020 

Finnair Traffic Performance November 2019 

  Month  % Change   YTD  % Change  
Total traffic         
Passengers 1,000  1,083.7  10.6  13,496.4  10.2 
Available seat kilometres mill  3,618.7  9.4  43,273.5  11.2 
Revenue passenger kilometres mill  2,790.4  13.1  35,509.9  11.0 
Passenger load factor %  77.1  2.5p  82.1  -0.2p 
Cargo tonnes total  14,855.4  -1.0  159,471.0  10.2 
Available tonne kilometres mill  537.8  10.2  6,342.0  10.8 
Revenue tonne-kilometres mill  342.0  8.0  4,185.3  10.7 
         
Asia         
Passengers 1,000 Asia  185.9  9.8  2,353.7  6.7 
Available seat kilometres mill Asia  1,781.0  8.3  21,324.2  10.5 
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Asia  1,396.9  9.6  17,790.0  6.9 
Passenger load factor % Asia  78.4  0.9p  83.4  -2.8p 
         
Europe         
Passengers 1,000 Europe  653.8  12.5  8,592.6  12.8 
Available seat kilometres mill Europe  1,328.8  5.8  16,507.0  9.8 
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Europe  1,024.8  12.6  13,400.5  13.1 
Passenger load factor % Europe  77.1  4.6p  81.2  2.4p 
         
North Atlantic         
Passengers 1,000 North Atlantic  33.6  41.5  422.9  27.6 
Available seat kilometres mill North Atlantic  340.7  45.6  3,742.1  30.0 
Revenue passenger kilometres mill North Atlantic  256.5  45.6  3,205.3  32.4 
Passenger load factor % North Atlantic  75.3  0.0p  85.7  1.6p 
         
Domestic         
Passengers 1,000 Domestic  210.5  2.1  2,127.2  1.5 
Available seat kilometres mill Domestic  168.2  -2.1  1,700.2  0.9 
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Domestic  112.1  6.8  1,113.9  2.1 
Passenger load factor % Domestic  66.7  5.6p  65.5  0.8p 
         
Cargo Traffic         
Europe tonnes  3,311.1  19.9  31,982.6  57.7 
North Atlantic tonnes  1,245.4  29.6  12,673.1  31.2 
Asia tonnes  10,256.9  -8.7  114,279.7  7.4 
Domestic tonnes  42.1  -22.9  535.7  3.1 
Cargo scheduled traffic total tonnes  14,855.4  -1.0  159,471.0  16.5 
Cargo flights, tonnes**  0  0  0  0 
Cargo Traffic tonnes total  14,855.4  -1.0  159,471.0  10.2 
Available tonne kilometres* mill  147.5  3.8  1,720.2  14.2 
Revenue tonne kilometres mill  92.4  -3.9  1,007.2  10.0 
Available sched.cargo tonne kms*, mill.  147.5  3.8  1,720.2  15.4 
Revenue sched.cargo tonne kms, mill.  92.4  -3.9  1,007.2  11.6 
Cargo load factor* %  62.6  -5.0p  58.6  -2.2p 
– North-Atlantic cargo load factor* %  56.2  2.7p  56.3  4.5p 
– Asia cargo load factor* %  68.8  -8.9p  63.5  -4.8p 
Scheduled traffic Cargo load factor*, %  62.6  -5.0p  58.6  -2.0p 

* Operational calculatory capacity 

** Including purchased traffic 

  • Change %: Change compared to the figures of the respective periods in the previous year (p = 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. 

Finnair Plc          Investor News        5 December 2019 at 9:00 am  

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