Strong Growth in Asian Traffic and Cargo

Finnair’s Asian strategy continues to reap rewards as passenger figures rise, while Cargo trends are similarly healthy.

The increasing popularity of Finnair’s fast flights to Asia is reflected in the latest passenger figures. Finnair’s Asian traffic grew in August by nearly 9%, measured in passenger kilometres, compared with last year. Passenger numbers also grew to the same extent. “In line with our main strategy, Asian traffic is doing well and now ticket prices are reaching a more healthy level. The passenger load factor also continues to be good, despite a slight fall,” says Finnair’s SVP Communications Christer Haglund.

European traffic declined in August by nearly 4% compared with August last year. In domestic traffic, capacity was increased by more than 10% and traffic grew by half of one per cent.

North Atlantic traffic was more than 27% lower in August, mainly due to a change in the number of weekly flights to New York from ten to seven. This was evident in a nearly 23% reduction in capacity.

In scheduled traffic, load factors fell by nearly three percentage points compared with August last year, mainly due to exceptionally high figure last year resulting from campaign pricing.

Leisure traffic declined by more than 9% in August. Capacity was cut by more than 13%, so the load factor rose by more than three percentage points to just over 82%.

The amount of cargo carried by Finnair grew in August by more than 43% compared with August last year. In scheduled traffic, the amount of cargo grew by more than 22% and cargo flights initiated this year are also reflected in the figures.

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