Published on : Monday, January 13, 2014
The Austrian Airlines Group carried about 11.3 million passengers in the period January to December 2013, a decline of 1.6 percent from the prior-year level. The reason for this development is a targeted 2.7 percent reduction of capacity during this period. Within the context of its fleet harmonization program, the domestic airline streamlined its fleet by up to five medium-haul aircraft. In addition, up to two long-haul aircraft were taken out of service in the period January to December 2013 in order to equip them with the new cabin. Revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) were down by 1.4 percent. In contrast, capacity utilization (passenger load factor) improved overall by 1.1 percentage points from the previous year to 78.6 percent. Following a consolidation phase, Austrian Airlines aims to achieve growth again in 2014 with respect to passenger numbers. Thanks to the fifth Boeing 777 put into operation as of July 2014, the planned launch of flight service to Newark and the expansion of its offering to North America Austrian Airlines expects to increase total passenger volume by 130,000 in 2014.
“In 2013 we achieved a lot: We increased capacity utilization and thus productivity of the company. This represents a significant step on the path to the recovery of Austrian Airlines“, says Karsten Benz, Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines, in commenting on the traffic results for the entire year 2013. “The ongoing rise in passenger volumes on long-haul routes since autumn, shows that the investments of over EUR 90 million in the fleet have paid off. Our customers are delighted.”
In the month of December 2013, the Austrian Airlines Group carried approximately 801,100 passengers, corresponding to a decrease of 1.3 percent. This is related to the planned reduction in the medium-haul fleet. The offering measured in available seat kilometers (ASK) was 3.4 percent higher than in the previous year, due to the fact that Austrian Airlines once again had all its long-haul aircraft in operation in December. Revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) were up by 4.2 percent. Capacity utilization (passenger load factor) of the flights in December thus improved overall by 0.6 percentage points from the previous year, rising to 76.9 percent.
In December 2013, a total of 670,400 passengers flew with Austrian Airlines in Europe. This comprises a drop of 2.3 percent compared to the previous year. The passenger load factor fell by 1.1 percentage points to 74.3 percent.
In the period January to December 2013, Austrian Airlines carried about 9.6 million passengers in Europe, corresponding to an expected decline of 1.1 percent. In contrast, the passenger load factor during this period rose by 1.3 percentage points to 76.9 percent.
In December 2013, the number of passengers carried on intercontinental flights operated by Austrian Airlines increased by 4.4 percent year-on-year. On balance, a total of 130,700 passengers were carried by Austrian Airlines on its intercontinental flights in the month of December. The passenger load factor was up by 1.8 percentage points to 78.9 percent.
In the period January to December 2013, Austrian Airlines carried a total of about 1.6 million passengers on its intercontinental flights, a drop of 4.5 percent from the prior-year level. The passenger load factor climbed 0.8 percentage points to 80.2 percent.
source: Austrian Airlines