SWISS reports passenger growth in first half of 2012

11 Jul 2012  497 | World Travel Fairs

Swiss International Air Lines transported 7,701,225 passengers in the first six months of 2012, a 4.5% increase on the same period last year (2011: 7,367,099 passengers). The airline performed 75,269 flights during the period, 0.9% more than the 74,613 of January-to-June 2011. Some 66,825 of these (up 0.7%) were on SWISS’s European network, while 8,444 (up 2.5%) were on intercontinental routes. Systemwide seat load factor for the first half of 2012 amounted to 81.3% – an improvement of 1.7 percentage points on the 79.6% of the prior-year period.

SWISS offered 3.9% more available-seat-kilometre (ASK) capacity systemwide in the first six months of 2012 than it had for the same period last year. Total traffic volume, measured in revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs), was a 6.0% improvement on the prior-year period. SWISS’s European network saw ASK capacity raised 3.4% and RPK volume increase 4.6%; and on the SWISS intercontinental network ASK capacity was increased 4.1% while RPK volume rose 6.6%.  

The first-half results for the airfreight business of Swiss WorldCargo showed only slight changes from the prior-year period. Cargo load factor (by volume) was unchanged at 79.3%, while total cargo sales were up 3.4% in revenue-tonne-kilometre terms.

SWISS’s traffic results for the month of June 2012 show a 4.7% increase in total passenger numbers to 1,374,110 passengers (2011: 1,312,439). The systemwide seat load factor of 86.9% was also a 2.4-percentage-point improvement on the same month last year (2011: 84.5%). Seat load factor on European services was 1.1 percentage points higher, while intercontinental seat load factor was up 2.7 percentage points. Swiss WorldCargo posted a cargo load factor (by volume) of 78.5%, a 3.0-percentage-point improvement on the 75.5% of June 2011.

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