Friday, 15 February 2019

Austrian Airlines starts the new year with passenger growth

More growth from Vienna with Austrian Airlines                                                  Photo Austrian Airlines
Austrian Airlines has started the new year off with impressive passenger growth of some 7% in January when compared to the same month last year.  

Approximately 791,000 guests flew with Austria’s hometown carrier in the month of January 2019, 7% up on 2018's total. Once again, the strong performance in European flight traffic was the main growth driver. However, the intercontinental segment also showed significant growth. The airlines' flight offering measured in available seat kilometres (ASK) was up 8.2%t. Revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) climbed by 8.9% compared to January 2018. Capacity utilisation of the flights equalled 70.2 % on average, a rise of 0.5 percentage points. The number of flights operated by Austrian Airlines in January 2019 was increased by 4.4% to 9,088. 

• About 791,000 passengers flew with Austrian Airlines in January, an increase of 7.0% 
• Capacity utilisation up 0.5 percentage points to 70.2 % 
• Revenue passenger kilometres rose by 8.9% 

“This is a very gratifying start to the new year”, says Andreas Otto, Member of the Management Board and CCO of Austrian Airlines. “Apparently our customers prefer to fly with a longstanding partner of whom they know that his flight schedules are reliable.” 

2019 looks set to be a bumper year for Austrian Airlines as the carrier will introduce more flights to more destinations, including Germany, Japan and the USA. The airline will once again increase the number of flights from Vienna to Germany in the upcoming summer season. Accordingly, Austria’s home carrier will fly up to 39 times per week to Hamburg, comprising a rise of eleven flight connections compared to the 2018 summer flight schedule. Up to 56 flights will be offered to Berlin-Tegel and up to 40 weekly connections to Düsseldorf, an increase of two per week in each case. One additional flight will be operated to Stuttgart, pushing up the total to 32 flights per week. On balance, Austrian Airlines is expanding its flight offering from Vienna to Germany by up to fifteen frequencies each week. All in all, it will operate as many as 263 weekly flights linking Vienna and Germany. 

The flights to Tokyo will be increased to daily in the summer and the carrier will also increase its flight offering to the popular tourist destination of Los Angeles by one weekly connection thus serving it on a daily basis.