Finnair carried 14.7 per cent more passengers in February compared to the same month last year as traffic on Asian and North American routes grew strongly.
The carrier welcomed 957,100 passengers in the month with numbers to Asia up 26.4 per cent, to North America 22.3 per cent, Europe 12.5 per cent and domestic figures up 10.5 per cent.
Finnair’s overall capacity measured in available seat kilometres (ASK) increased in February 18.8 per cent year-on-year (YOY) and traffic measured in revenue passenger pilometres (RPKs) grew by 20.6 per cent, driven by the increased demand for long-haul leisure travel.
The passenger load factor (PLF) in total traffic increased by 1.3 percentage points to 84.2 per cent.
In February, 52 per cent of Finnair’s ASKs were in Asian traffic, 33 per cent on European routes and the rest in North American and domestic traffic.
Finnair’s long-haul capacity was increased mainly by the Airbus A350 aircraft being introduced. Compared to the same month last year, the carrier also flew to Chongqing, and added frequencies to Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Additional capacity was also allocated to new seasonal routes to Goa, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta and Havana, which replaced Varader.
The ASK growth in Asian traffic was 24.1 per cent and in North American traffic 27 per cent. The nine per cent ASK growth in European traffic derived from the increase in the narrow-body fleet size year-on-year and the additional seating capacity added to some if its existing narrow-body aircraft.
Capacity growth was directed at serving the new year-round destination Reykjavik, added frequencies to Stockholm, Copenhagen and Berlin and direct flights to Lapland from Paris, London and Zurich. The significant ASK growth in domestic traffic of 22.9 per cent, the carrier said reflects added capacity to destinations in Northern Finland.