Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Finnair’s traffic figures declined significantly in March due to coronavirus the latest figures tell.

During March, the national airline of Finland, Finnair carried 498,600 passengers which is less than half of the number if carried in the same month last year and solely down to the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 crisis.

The airlines overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) also decreased dramatically in March by 39.4%. Finnair's traffic measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) decreased by 55.2%. The Passenger Load Factor (PLF) decreased year-on-year by 20.3% points to 58.0%. However, these figures are better than some aviation analysts had feared as the global air travel industry has been heavily impacted by the coronavirus, related route and frequency cancellations as well as travel restrictions and air space closures. 

Regionally, Finnair's ASK decline was worse in the Asian market, down 43.9% whereas the North Atlantic capacity decreased by 12.4%. In European traffic, the ASKs were down by 38.1%. The ASKs in domestic traffic decreased by 37.6%.

Load factors were 59.0% in Asian traffic, 65.4% in North Atlantic traffic, 56.2% in European traffic and 50.6% in domestic traffic.

Passenger numbers decreased in Asian traffic by 59.6%, in North Atlantic traffic by 32.9%, in European traffic by 57.2% and in domestic traffic by 54.3%.

In March, 92.0% of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (78.6%).

Traffic statistics for April 2020 will be published on Thursday 7 May 2020.
Finnair Traffic Performance March 2020
Month% ChangeYTD% Change
Total traffic
Passengers 1,000498.6-56.42,655.5-15.6
Available seat kilometres mill2,264.2-39.49,670.8-9.4
Revenue passenger kilometres mill1,312.4-55.27,025.3-15.9
Passenger load factor %58.0-20.3p72.6-5.7p
Cargo tonnes total7,344.2-47.230,092.2-19.8
Available tonne kilometres mill336.0-38.61,421.8-9.6
Revenue tonne kilometres mill164.2-53.1817.5-17.1
Passengers 1,000 Asia80.3-59.6465.5-21.5
Available seat kilometres mill Asia1,069.3-43.94,673.8-14.2
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Asia630.5-58.53,568.4-20.7
Passenger load factor % Asia59.0-20.7p76.3-6.2p
Passengers 1,000 Europe279.6-57.21,515.6-14.4
Available seat kilometres mill Europe845.0-38.13,569.3-6.7
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Europe475.2-55.62,457.1-14.1
Passenger load factor % Europe56.2-22.1p68.8-5.9p
North Atlantic
Passengers 1,000 North Atlantic16.4-32.982.27.7
Available seat kilometres mill North Atlantic200.4-12.4847.016.3
Revenue passenger kilometres mill North Atlantic131.1-28.6647.010.1
Passenger load factor % North Atlantic65.4-14.8p76.4-4.3p
Passengers 1,000 Domestic122.3-54.3592.2-16.3
Available seat kilometres mill Domestic149.5-37.6580.7-12.9
Revenue passenger kilometres mill Domestic75.6-51.7352.8-13.9
Passenger load factor % Domestic50.6-14.7p60.8-0.7p
Cargo Traffic
Europe tonnes1,686.2-37.66,779.8-7.2
North Atlantic tonnes572.5-21.02,513.221.2
Asia tonnes5,049.8-51.620,685.2-26.1
Domestic tonnes35.7-28.2114.1-26.0
Cargo scheduled traffic total tonnes7,344.2-47.230,092.2-19.8
Cargo flights, tonnes**0000
Cargo Traffic tonnes total7,344.2-47.230,092.2-19.8
Available tonne kilometres* mill89.1-38.4362.3-10.8
Revenue tonne kilometres mill46.8-47.0189.1-20.6
Available sched. cargo tonne kms*, mill89.1-38.4362.3-10.8
Revenue sched. cargo tonne kms, mill46.8-47.0189.1-20.6
Cargo load factor* %52.5-8.6p52.2-6.4p
- North-Atlantic cargo load factor* %67.75.2p66.15.9p
- Asia cargo load factor* %57.4-10.4p55.8-8.9p
Scheduled traffic Cargo load factor*, %52.5-8.6p52.2-6.4p
* Operational calculatory capacity
** Including purchased traffic
  • Change %: Change compared to the figures of the respective periods in the previous year (p = points).
  • Available seat kilometres. ASK: Total number of seats available. multiplied by the number of kilometres flown.
  • Revenue passenger kilometres. RPK: Number of revenue passengers carried. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Passenger load factor: Share of revenue passenger kilometres of available seat kilometres.
  • Available tonne-kilometres. ATK: Number of tonnes of capacity for carriage of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Revenue tonne-kilometres. RTK: Total revenue load consisting of passengers. cargo and mail. multiplied by kilometres flown.
  • Overall load factor: Share of revenue tonne-kilometres of available tonne-kilometres.

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