SWISS posts slight decline in passenger numbers for first quarter of 2014

Swiss International Air Lines carried a total of 3,525,735 passengers in the first three months of 2014, a 2.3% decline on the 3,610,298 of the same period last year. The airline also operated 3.9% fewer flights: 34,321, compared to 35,722 in the first quarter of 2013. Of these, 29,903 were performed within Europe (down 5.2%) and 4,418 were on intercontinental routes (up 5.9%). Systemwide seat load factor for the quarter stood at 78.8%, a slight 0.8-percentage-point decline from the 79.6% of the prior-year period.

SWISS offered 2.4% more capacity in the first three months of 2014 than it had a year before in available seat-kilometre (ASK) terms. Total traffic volume, measured in revenue passenger-kilometres (RPK), was 1.4% up on the first quarter of 2013. For the European network, ASK capacity was reduced 1.4% while RPK volume declined 2.0%; and for the intercontinental network, ASK capacity was increased 4.2% while RPK volume rose by 2.8%.

Swiss WorldCargo reports a cargo load factor (by volume) of 81.1% for the first-quarter period, a 0.4-percentage-point increase on the 80.7% of January-to-March 2013. Total cargo sales were up 5.2% in revenue tonne-kilometre terms.

SWISS transported 1,302,074 passengers in the month of March 2014. The 4.5% decline on the 1,362,860 travellers it had carried in March 2013 is due largely to the fact that the Easter holiday 2013 fell in March. Systemwide seat load factor for the month declined 2.8 percentage points, from the 84.0% of March 2013 to 81.2%. Seat load factor for European services slipped 0.9 percentage points, while seat load factor for the intercontinental network saw a 3.8-percentage-point decline. Swiss WorldCargo posted a cargo load factor (by volume) of 84.3%, an improvement of 1.6 percentage points on the 82.7% of March 2013.


Source / Author: SWISS