Austrian Airlines sees significant passenger growth in October

In October 2010, Austrian Airlines again achieved a significant growth at the passenger statistics: With a plus of 10 percent, this growth was particularly strong in the scheduled service – that is in the Europe and Intercontinental segments.

Austrian Airlines carried almost 1 million passengers in October (exact number: 990,100). This means Austrian Airlines carried a total of 8.4 percent more passengers in October 2010 than in October 2009. The flight load factor rose by 2.2 percentage points to 80.2 percent.

Capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) rose by 2.9 percent. Demand measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK) rose by 5.8 percent.

The members of the Austrian Airlines Executive Board, Andreas Bierwirth and Peter Malanik, said the following: “Our new market strategy with its strong focus on scheduled traffic is having an effect. We will continue with this strategy consequently.”

In the period from January to October 2010, the number of passengers carried, at around 9.4 million, was 10.2 percent above the previous year’s figure. The load factor rose by 3.3 percentage points to 77.5 percent. The figure for ASK rose slightly by 0.1 percent. RPK rose by 4.5 percent.

In October, around 776,300 passengers flew with Austrian Airlines within Europe. Compared to the same month last year, this means 10.5 percent more passengers flew with us. The load factor rose by 5 percentage points to 76.4 percent. The figure for ASK rose by 3.2 percent. RPK rose by 10.5 percent.

The number of passengers carried in the Intercontinental segment rose by 7.3 percent to 157,900 in October. The ASK rose by 6.9 percent, and the load factor fell by 1.6 percentage points to 83 percent. The figure for RPK rose by 4.9 percent.

With its new market strategy, Austrian Airlines is deploying more of its available capacity in the scheduled segment. This is leading to a planned reduction in charter business in 2010. Austrian Airlines carried 55,900 passengers in the Charter segment in October, 12.6 percent fewer than in the comparison month last year. The load factor rose by 9.4 percentage points to 83.2 percent. Austrian Airlines reduced its ASK by 19.7 percent. The figure for RPK fell by 9.5 percent.

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