airberlin reaches high capacity utilization in October

In October, airberlin again showed a very high capacity utilization and was able to welcome more passengers on board per flight. Capacity utilization over the entire airberlin flight route network amounted to 84.61 percent, thus slightly exceeding the level reached in the corresponding period of the previous year (84.49 percent). In total, airberlin welcomed 3,013,054 passengers on board for the month of October.

In the first ten months of 2013, airberlin, Germany’s second-largest airline company, was able to continuously increase its fleet capacity utilization by a total of 1.8 percentage points in yearly comparison, reaching the high level of 85.50 percent, and welcomed more than 27.709 million passengers on board. The available seat kilometers (ASK) amounted to 49.567 billion kilometers and the revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) amounted to 42.378 billion kilometers.

Since airberlin is focusing on well-established routes and is increasing flight frequencies on these routes, the airline company reduced its available seat kilometers in October 2013 by 3.7 percent in yearly comparison, i.e. to 5.364 billion kilometers (previous year: 5.569 billion kilometers). Due to the increase in fleet capacity utilization, the revenue passenger kilometers only decreased by 3.6 percent, i.e. to 4.538 billion kilometers (previous year: 4.705 billion kilometers).

For 2013, airberlin has changed the way it calculates its capacity utilization. The capacity utilization calculation is now determined according to the sector standard, and the revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) are compared to the available seat kilometers (ASK). For the purpose of a yearly comparison, the capacity utilization for 2012 was likewise calculated anew.

October 2013 – October 2013, accumulated
Capacity utilization rate in % 84.61 (+0.1 pp) – Capacity utilization rate in % 85.50 (+1.8 pp)
ASK (in millions) 5,363.6 (-3.7%) – ASK (in millions) 49,567.4 (-6.3%)
RPK (in millions) 4,537.9 (-3.6%) – RPK (in millions) 42,378.3 (-4.3%)
Number of passengers 3,013,054 (-5.2%) – Number of passengers 27,709,264 (-5.8%)

Source / Author: airberlin