Finnair

Finnair's passenger load factors up

Pressmeddelande   •   Sep 09, 2008 08:53 CEST

Finnair traffic, measured in passenger kilometres, increased by 9.3% in August, while the capacity was up by 5.0%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 80.3% or 3.2 points higher than last year. Finnair transported altogether 723 312 passengers, which is 1.8% more than a year ago.

Finnair scheduled traffic increased by 7.0% compared to August last year. Number of passengers carried on scheduled flights was 610 054, which is 0.9% less than in 2007. Passenger load factor in scheduled passenger traffic was 79.0%, 1.8 percentage points higher than last year.

Finnair's Asian traffic grew 13.4% compared to August of the previous year. Number of passengers carried on Finnair's Asian flights in August was 132 778, which is 13.8% more than a year ago. RPKs in European traffic decreased by 0.4% and passenger load factor increased by 0.6 percentage points to 71.1%.

Leisure flights' passenger load factor increased by 11.0 percentage points to 87.5% compared to the previous year.

Arrival punctuality of Finnair flights was 85.2%, which is 2.7 percentage points higher than in August 2008. Arrival punctuality of scheduled flights went up 3.4 points and was 87.1%.

Scheduled traffic

In scheduled traffic (international + domestic) revenue passenger kilometres increased by 7.0%. The change in capacity was 4.6%. Passenger load factor was 79.0%, 1.8 percentage points higher than last year.

In scheduled international traffic, total number of passengers was up by 3.4%. Capacity in ASKs was 5.7%, while RPKs increased by 7.9%.

In European scheduled traffic, ASKs decreased by 1.2%, and as RPKs decreased by 0.4%, the passenger load factor was 71.1%, up 0.6 points from previous year.

In North Atlantic scheduled traffic, capacity was same. Change in RPKs was 5.9%, and passenger load factor for was 91.7%, 5.1 points higher than previous year.

In Asian scheduled traffic, capacity increase was 11.4%. The passenger traffic was up by 13.4%. Passenger load factor was 84.0%, 1.4 percentage points up.

Domestic scheduled traffic decreased by 16.0% on a capacity decrease of 17.3%. Passenger load factor increased by 1.0 percentage points to 62.7%.

Leisure traffic

ASKs for leisure traffic increased in August by 7.2%, and RPKs increased by 22.6%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 87.5%, 11.0 points higher than last year.

Cargo

Cargo traffic increased by 4.0% in terms of cargo tonnes carried. Growth in scheduled traffic was 6.0%. Increase in Asian traffic was 17.0%. Volume in European traffic decreased by 14.1%. In North-Atlantic traffic cargo volume decreased by 14.3%. Cargo traffic carried on chartered cargo flights decreased by 39.7%. The cargo load factor in the Far Eastern traffic was 67.8% and in the North Atlantic traffic 66.2%.

Full traffic performance data available at

http://www.finnairgroup.com/linked/en/sijoittajat/Monthly_traffic_data_AUGUST2008EN.pdf

Finnair Plc

 

Communications

 

9.9.2008

 

Additional information:

 

Mr. Lasse Heinonen. SVP & CFO. tel. +358 9 818 4950

 

Mr. Christer Haglund. SVP Corporate Communications. tel. +358 9 818 4007

 

Mr. Taneli Hassinen. VP Financial Communications and Investor Relations. tel. +358 9 818 4976

 

Mr. Petteri Kostermaa. VP Traffic Planning. tel. +358 9 818 8504

 

Mr. Timo Riihimäki. Vice President. Cargo. tel. +358 9 818 5487