Finnair Traffic Performance in January 2019

Finnair Traffic Performance in January 2019

Capacity growth fastest in Europe – On North America routes demand grew faster than its capacity

In January, Finnair carried 1,007,800 passengers, 4.4% more than in the corresponding period of 2018. The overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) increased in January by 10.0%. Finnair's traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) increased by 5.7%. The Passenger Load Factor (PLF) decreased year-on-year by 3.1% points to 77.0%.  

Finnair’s long-haul capacity increased with one new A350 aircraft that entered the service in December 2018. The ASK growth in Asian traffic was 7.7%, mainly due to the new route opening to Nanjing and extended frequencies to Osaka, Hong Kong, Phuket and Delhi. The North American traffic increased by 3.1%.

In European traffic the ASK growth was 16.9%. The growth derived from one new narrow-body aircraft year-on-year, additional seating capacity in some of the existing narrow-body aircraft, on average longer routes and better aircraft utilization. The added capacity was directed to the longer southern European routes and to new route openings to Stuttgart, Lisbon Lyon and Minsk after the comparison period. Capacity in domestic traffic increased by 1.6%. Harsh winter conditions affected especially domestic and European traffic and caused cancellations, which is visible in these traffic areas’ traffic data.  

In January, RPKs grew slower than ASKs which was reflected in the passenger load factors. RPKs increased by 3.9% in Asian traffic and grew in European traffic by 11.1%, in North American traffic by 3.6% and decreased in domestic traffic by -4.3%. The PLF was 83.8% in Asian traffic, 70.0% in European traffic, 79.9% in North American traffic, and 56.6% in domestic traffic.

Passenger numbers increased in Asian traffic by 4.4%, in North American traffic by 4.5% and in European traffic by 8.0%, and decreased in domestic traffic by 4.3% 

Available scheduled cargo tonne kilometres increased by 17.2% year-on-year. Revenue scheduled cargo tonne kilometres increased by 25.9% mostly driven by the strong positive cargo market development in Japan and Western Europe. Additionally, Nordic markets developed favourably. 

Difficult weather and winter conditions at Finnair's home hub Helsinki-Vantaa and elsewhere in Europe had an adverse effect on punctuality, and in January 64.7% of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (69.4%). 

Traffic statistics for February 2019 will be published on Thursday, 7 March 2019.

Finnair Traffic Performance January 2019

January % Change YTD % Change
Total traffic
Passengers 1000 1 007.8  4.4  1 007.8  4.4 
Available seat kilometres mill (ASK) 3 604.0  10.0  3 604.0  10.0 
Revenue passenger kilometres mill (RPK) 2 774.9  5.7  2 774.9  5.7 
Passenger load factor % 77.0  -3.1p  77.0  -3.1p 
Cargo tonnes total 11 985.7  27.5  11 985.7  27.5 
Available tonne kilometres mill 534.1  9.1  534.1  9.1 
Revenue tonne-kilometres mill 324.4  9.6  324.40  9.6 

Asia
           
Passengers 1000 204.9  4.4  204.9  4.4 
Available seat kilometres mill 1 847.3  7.7  1 847.3  7.7 
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 1 547.1  3.9  1 547.1  3.9 
Passenger load factor % 83.8  -3.1p  83.8  -3.1p 
           
Europe            
Passengers 1000 564.6  8.0  564.6  8.0 
Available seat kilometres mill 1 276.7  16.9  1 276.7  16.9 
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 893.8  11.1  893.8  11.1 
Passenger load factor % 70.0  -3.6p  70.0  -3.6p 
           
North Atlantic            
Passengers 1000 27.5  4.5  27.5  4.5 
Available seat kilometres mill 267.2  3.1  267.2  3.1 
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 213.6  3.6  213.6  3.6 
Passenger load factor % 79.9  0.4p  79.9  0.4p 
           
Domestic            
Passengers 1000 210.8  -4.3  210.8  -4.3 
Available seat kilometres mill 212.8  1.6  212.8  1.6 
Revenue passenger kilometres mill 120.4  -4.3  120.4  -4.3 
Passenger load factor % 56.6  -3.5p  56.6  -3.5p 
           
Cargo Traffic            
Europe tonnes 2 340.0  139.2  2 340.0  139.2 
North Atlantic tonnes 651.0  34.3  651.0  34.3 
Asia tonnes 8 939.2  20.7  8 939.2  20.7 
Domestic tonnes 55.5  37.3  55.5  37.3 
Cargo scheduled traffic total tonnes 11 985.7  34.5  11 985.7  34.5 
Cargo flights. tonnes** 0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0 
Cargo Traffic tonnes total 11 985.7 27.5 11 985.7 27.5
Available tonne kilometres* mill 136.5 14.2 136.5 14.2
Revenue tonne kilometres mill 76.1 24.3 76.1 24.3
Available sched.cargo tonne kms*. mill. 136.5 15.2 136.5 15.2
Revenue sched.cargo tonne kms. mill. 76.1 25.9 76.1 25.9
Cargo load factor* % 55.7 4.5p 55.7 4.5p
- North-Atlantic cargo load factor* % 55.2 14.3p 55.2 14.3p
- Asia cargo load factor* % 61.8 3.6p 61.8 3.6p
Scheduled traffic Cargo load factor*. % 55.7 4.7p 55.7 4.7p

* 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. 

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