n July, Finnair's overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres increased by 11,6 per cent year‐on‐year, and traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres grew by 13.6 per cent. The number of passengers carried during the month was 1,12 million, which is the highest number ever (previous record in June 1.10 million). The passenger load factor increased by 1.6 percentage points to 90.2 per cent.
The capacity in Finnair’s largest traffic area, Asia, increased by 14.8 per cent in July and traffic grew by 19.8 per cent reflecting a high passenger load factor of 92.6 per cent. The selection of routes and frequencies was mainly unchanged year-on-year, but there were increased frequencies to Tokyo and Hong Kong in particular.
The capacity in North Atlantic traffic was broadly unchanged (ASK -0.2 per cent) but traffic measured in RPK increased by 3.9 per cent due to a high passenger load factor. The most significant year-on-year changes in the flight programme were the suspension of the Miami route for the summer and the launch of a new San Francisco route, operated three times a week from the beginning of June.
Finnair’s capacity in European traffic increased by 10.8 per cent reflecting new seasonal routes opened for the summer as well as four new A321 narrow-body aircraft, and traffic grew by 9.6 per cent year-on-year. Domestic capacity increased by 6.3 per cent but traffic decreased by 7.8 per cent due to a decline in the load factor on main domestic routes. The Oulu airport was closed for the resurfacing of the runway throughout the month.
Available Scheduled Cargo Tonne Kilometres increased by 12.6 per cent and Revenue Scheduled Cargo Tonne Kilometres increased by 13.8 per cent. The strong performance of cargo continued in July, driven by the main Chinese destinations, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway and Finland. Finnair’s total cargo capacity also included three weekly freighter flights between Helsinki and Brussels, operated by DHL as well as cargo space rented on Japan Airlines’ daily flights between Tokyo and Helsinki.
In July, 86.7 per cent of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (85.6).
Traffic statistics for August 2017 will be published on Wednesday, 6 September 2017.