Finnair has revealed that its passenger volume increased by 13 per cent year-on-year last month to an all-time record of over 950,000 for December.
The successful month also contributed toward a healthy year-on-year increase – of roughly one million to almost 12 million – in the number of passengers who flew with the state-owned airline last year.
“The traffic measured in [revenue passenger kilometres] and capacity both continued to grow in December,” summarised Pekka Vähähyyppä, the chief financial officer at Finnair.
Finnair on Tuesday reported that its passenger load factor improved by 3.5 percentage points to 83.3 per cent despite an over 15 per cent increase in overall capacity, when measured in available passenger kilometres. The only exception to the positive trend was domestic traffic, where the passenger load factor decreased by 2.5 percentage points to 67.4 per cent while overall capacity rose by over 14 per cent.
The flag carrier bumped up capacity especially in its largest market, Asia – by almost 21 per cent year-on-year in December. Its route network in the region was supplemented with the launch of seasonal services to Goa, India, and an increase in service frequency to Bangkok, Delhi, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.
The passenger load factor for services in the region increased by almost two percentage points from the previous year to 83.2 per cent.
Finnair also told that its capacity grew by almost 15.9 per cent in the Americas and 7.2 per cent in Europe in December.
December, however, also saw the airline take a step back in punctuality due to difficult wind and weather conditions in Finland and Europe, added Vähähyyppä.
“In terms of traffic performance, the fourth quarter was nonetheless good. Our [fourth-quarter] capacity increased by 17.2 per cent and traffic measured in [revenue passenger kilometres] grew by 20.2 per cent year-on-year. We carried nearly three million passengers in the last quarter of the year and close to 12 million in 2017,” he said.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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