14.08.2013
FLUG REVUE

AEA airlines see passenger growth in first half

In the first six month of 2013, passenger numbers of the Association of European Airlines’ (AEA) members increased by 2.9 million, a growth of 1.7% compared to the results of last year.

Long-haul passenger traffic to and from Europe increased by 3%, while international short- and medium haul traffic (intra-Europe, Middle-East and North-Africa) posted 3.2% growth.

Airlines once again exercised considerable capacity constraint. With total scheduled available seat-kilometres growing by just 1.2%, less than half than the rate of RPK traffic growth, resulting in record-high passenger load factors, up by 1.2 % points to 78.8%.

Cargo products carried both on all-cargo aircraft and in passenger aircraft belly space account for 10% of the total commercial revenue of European network carriers. Air freight activity is facing serious challenges: it is still posting negative performance with a decline of 0.2% but more recent monthly trend is showing signs of improvement.

“European airlines are constantly confronted with challenges that jeopardise their profitability. 2013 is a crucial year for our members to overcome these challenges with the implemented cost-cuttings, capacity adjustments and revenue improvements” said Mr Athar Husain Khan, acting Secretary General of AEA.




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