Friday, 16 August 2019

Over 1.5 million passengers flew with Austrian Airlines in July

Over 1.5 million passengers flew with Austrian Airlines in July 2019, that's a big increase of 5.7% from the prior-year month. European flight traffic again made a strong contribution to this result with a growth of 6.8 percent. The flight offering measured in available seat kilometers (ASK) reached the level of the previous year. Revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) climbed 1.4%. Capacity utilization (passenger load factor) of the flights equalled 86.6% on average in July 2019, an increase of 1.2 percentage points compared to the previous year. The number of flights operated by Austrian Airlines was increased by 5.6 percent to 13,491.

“Despite the current competitive situation in Vienna, we were able to increase the number of passengers on our European routes in particular”, says Andreas Otto, Member of the Management Board and CCO of Austrian Airlines. “This shows that more and more passengers are opting for our quality and service.”

Austrian Airlines transported about 8.3 million passengers in the months from January to July 2019, comprising a rise of 5.9 percent from the previous year. The flight offering measured in available seat kilometers was up 4.2 percent. Revenue passenger kilometres climbed 7.0 percent compared to the first seven months of 2018. Capacity utilization of the flights amounted to 79.5 percent, an increase of 2.0 percentage points. The number of flights operated by Austrian Airlines was up 3.7 percent to 79,910 in the months from January to July 2019.



The renewal of the fleet announced in January 2019 is beginning to take shape. In July 2019 Austrian Airlines signed lease agreements for six additional A320 aircraft. The first of these jets will be transferred in August 2019. On balance, ten additional Airbus jets will replace the airline’s 18 Dash 8-400 turboprop aeroplanes by 2021. Accordingly, Austrian Airlines is expanding its Airbus fleet from 36 to 46 aircraft.

“The expansion of our Airbus fleet will help us in competing with budget airlines. This is because these jets enhance customer comfort. The change in the fleet structure will also positively impact our unit costs because we can offer more seats in fewer aircraft”, says Austrian Airlines CFO Wolfgang Jani.





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