Increased traffic with new aircraft

Pressmeddelande   •   Aug 07, 2007 08:47 CEST

In July, Finnair scheduled traffic increased by 24.9% compared to July last year. Demand increased up to 30 percent in both Asian and European traffic. The growth was partly generated with new long-haul aircraft. Domestic traffic was adjusted to lower demand during the mid-summer by 27 percent, which improved passenger load factor by a sturdy five percent to 72.3 percent. New route openings pressed passenger load factors in other traffic categories Total passenger load factor in scheduled traffic was 79.1%, down 1.0 percentage points. Number of passengers carried was 589 776, up 13.3%.

Finnair traffic, measured in passenger kilometers, increased by 16.5% in July, while the capacity was up by 20.2%, resulting in a passenger load factor of 79.7% or 2.5 points lower than last year. Finnair Group airlines altogether transported 706 808 passengers, which is 7.8% more than a year ago.

Finnair's Tallinn-based subsidiary Aero AS, carried 20 218 passengers (- 62.5%) on routes between Helsinki and the Baltic capitals and within Southern Finland. Aero figures are respectively included in Finnair Group total figures. At the end of June, Finnair sold its Stockholm-based subsidiary airline FlyNordic and its traffic performance is not reported as part of Finnair Group statistics. For better comparison, equivalent figures for last year have been adjusted accordingly.

Arrival punctuality of scheduled flights was 78.4% (based on a fifteen minute standard), 3.0 points lower than in January 2006. Including leisure flights arrival punctuality was 76.6% (-3.1 p.p).

Scheduled traffic

In scheduled traffic (international + domestic) revenue passenger kilometres increased by 24.9%. The change in capacity was 26.4%. Passenger load factor was 79.1%, 1.0 percentage points lower than last year.

In scheduled international traffic, total number of passengers was up by 24.5%. Capacity in ASKs was 29.2%, while RPKs increased by 27.0%.

In European scheduled traffic, ASKs increased by 32.6%, and as RPKs increased by 29.0%, the passenger load factor was 77.9%, down 2.2 points from previous year.

In North Atlantic scheduled traffic, capacity decreased by 0.5%. Change in RPKs was -5.4%, and passenger load factor for July was 83.7%, 4.3 points lower than previous year.

In Asian scheduled traffic, capacity increase was 31.1%. The passenger traffic was up by 30.7%. Passenger load factor was 79.9%, 0.3 percentage points down.

Domestic scheduled traffic decreased by 21.6% on a capacity decrease of 27.0%. Passenger load factor increased by 5.0 percentage points to 72.3%.

Leisure traffic

ASKs for leisure traffic decreased in July by 2.5%, and RPKs were down by 10.5%, because of added flight capacity to the Finnish market by tour operators. Passenger load factor in leisure traffic was 82.6%, 7.4 points lower than last year due to lower load factor on North American leisure routes and lower demand to European leisure destinations.

Cargo traffic increased by 7.2% in terms of cargo tonnes carried. Growth in scheduled traffic was 10.4%. Increase in Asian traffic was 16.6%. Volume in European traffic increased by 10.4%. In North-Atlantic traffic cargo volume decreased by 16.3%. Cargo traffic carried on chartered cargo flights decreased by 41.8%. The cargo load factor was 33.8 %. The cargo load factor in the Far Eastern traffic was 37.6 % and in the North Atlantic traffic 70.1 %.

Full traffic performance data available at

Finnair Plc

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. Director. Investor Relations. tel. +358 9 818 4976
Mr. Petteri Kostermaa. VP Traffic Planning. tel. +358 9 818 8504