Finnair Traffic Performance in August 2017

Strong growth on Asian and American routes continues

In August, Finnair's overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres increased by 11.0 per cent yearonyear, 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.

Finnair Traffic Performance August 2017

August 2017  %-Change Year-to date 2017 %-Change
Total Traffic
Passengers 1000 1 080,8  10,1 7 872,8 7,9
Available seat kilometres mill 3 381,2  11,0 24 063,4 5,6
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 2 901,6 14,7 20 257,0 10,9
Passenger load factor % 85,8 2,7 p 84,2 4,0 p
Cargo tonnes total 14 576,3 16,7 100 945,5 4,7
Available tonne kilometres mill 509,8  13,2 3 589,2 6,9
Revenue tonne-kilometres mill 351,2 16,1 2 431,4 9,7
Overall load factor % 68,9 1,7 p 67,7 1,7 p
Europe
Passengers 1000 706,6  11,5 4 934,9 9,0
Available seat kilometres mill 1 326,1 9,0 9 525,1 6,7
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 1 071,1 11,5 7 714,6 9,2
Passenger load factor % 80,8 1,8 p 81,0 1,9 p
North Atlantic
Passengers 1000 33,7  9,1 209,6 1,1
Available seat kilometres mill 267,7 1,4 1 793,5 -2,6
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 241,9 10,5 1 515,6 1,3
Passenger load factor % 90,4 7,4 p 84,5 3,3 p
Asia
Passengers 1000 201,9  18,3 1 366,2 14,2
Available seat kilometres mill 1 681,9  15,2 11 692,0 6,1
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 1 522,7 18,7 10 315,1 14,4
Passenger load factor % 90,5 2,7 p 88,2 6,3 p
Domestic
Passengers 1000 138,7  -5,3 1 362,2 -0,2
Available seat kilometres mill 105,5 0,2 1 052,9 5,8
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 65,8 -4,7 711,7 2,9
Passenger load factor % 62,4 -3,2 p 67,6 -1,9 p
Cargo Traffic
Cargo scheduled traffic total tonnes 12 860,6 14,7 88 239,2 4,2
Europe tonnes 2 177,7 -1,9 16 800,3 -1,0
North Atlantic tonnes 893,3 1,0 6 157,0 0,0
Asia tonnes 9 750,5 22,3 64 587,3 6,9
Domestic tonnes 39,1 -70,8 694,7 -39,7
Cargo flights, tonnes** 1 715,7 34,1 12 706,2 8,7
Cargo tonnes total 14 576,3 16,7 100 945,5 4,7
Available tonne kilometres* mill 139,6  13,5 958,0  2,3
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 91,4  20,2  619,0  6,6 
Available sched.cargo tonne kms*, mill. 131,5  14,3  893,0  2,6 
Revenue sched.cargo tonne kms, mill. 83,1  19,7  554,3  6,3 
Cargo load factor* % 65,5 3,6 64,6 3,6
- North-Atlantic cargo load factor* % 49,4 1,1 50,3 5,3
- Asia cargo load factor* % 70,5 4,1 69,5 5,2
Scheduled traffic Cargo load factor*, %  63,2 2,9 62,1 2,1

* 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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Finnair is specialised in flying between Europe and Asia via Helsinki. Finnair's strategy is based on the growing markets in Asia, the fastest connections between Europe and Asia, high-quality service, and cost-efficient, punctual operations. Founded in 1923, Finnair is one of the world's oldest continuously operating airlines. It is a member of oneworld, the leading airline alliance for quality-conscious business travelers.

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