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Traffic Results for August 2014: Passengers Flying with Austrian Airlines Up By More Than 85,000

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Traffic Results for August 2014: Passengers Flying with Austrian Airlines Up By More Than 85,000

• August 2014: 0.5 percent rise in passenger volume
• January to August 2014: 1.1 percent increase in the number of passengers
• Passenger growth despite flight cancellations to the crisis areas of the Ukraine and the Middle East confirms success of North American expansion
 

The month of August 2014 was impacted by crises in many areas and the related cancellations of flights. For the most part, flight service to Erbil in Iraq had to be stopped for the time being due to the security situation. For security reasons flights are still not being offered to Baghdad in Iraq and Tripoli in Libya. Austrian Airlines removed Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk in the Ukraine from its flight schedule until August 21, 2014. The flight offering to Russia was adjusted to reflect declining demand. Nevertheless, the Austrian Airlines Group carried more than 1.1 million passengers in August 2014, comprising a rise of 0.5 percent or more than 85,000 passengers. Accordingly, Austrian Airlines increased passenger volume in spite of the many crisis regions. This can be mainly attributed to the robust growth of its long-haul flights. Austrian Airlines has been operating an additional Boeing 777 since the middle of June 2014. Within the context of its strong expansion to North America, Austrian Airlines has been offering flights to Newark as a new destination in its route network since July 2, 2014. In addition, the airline has been operating a larger aircraft on its daily flights to Washington, namely a Boeing 777 instead of a Boeing 767. Furthermore, in May 2014 the number of flights to Chicago was increased from five to seven per week. On balance, capacity was raised by 7.1 percent year-on-year. Revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) were up by 6.8 percent. Capacity utilization (passenger load factor) in August 2014 declined marginally by 0.3 percentage points from the previous year to 85.9 percent.

In the period January to August 2014, a total of 7.6 million passengers flew with Austrian Airlines, corresponding to a rise of 1.1 percent in a year-on-year comparison. Capacity was raised by 4.4 percent. Revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) were up by 6.1 percent. As a result, capacity utilization (passenger load factor) in the period January to August 2014 increased by 1.3 percentage points to 79.6 percent.

“We hold up well in a difficult market environment. In August our flight offering to the crisis regions of the Ukraine and the Middle East was adapted substantially. Nevertheless, a rise in passenger volume has come out”, explains Karsten Benz, Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines. “Our North American expansion was the right move."

Europe
In August 2014, Austrian Airlines carried about 923,400 passengers in Europe, a decrease of 1.3 percent from the previous year. The passenger load factor fell by 1.0 percentage points to 82.4 percent.

In the period January to August 2014, about 6.4 million passengers flew with Austrian Airlines in Europe, corresponding to a slight drop of 0.1 percent below the comparable period of 2013. The passenger load factor was up 0.2 percentage points to 77.0 percent.

Intercontinental
In August 2014, Austrian Airlines carried a total of about 185,500 passengers on its intercontinental flights or 10.7 percent more passengers than in August of 2013. The passenger load factor was at the prior-year level of 88.9 percent.

In the period January to August 2014, more than 1.2 million passengers were carried on intercontinental flights of the domestic carrier. This represents a rise of 8.2 percent year-on-year. The passenger load factor was up by 2.1 percentage points to 81.9 percent.

Austrian Airlines
Austrian Airlines is Austria’s largest carrier and operates a global route network of round 130 destinations. That route network is particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe with 41 destinations. Thanks to its favourable geographical location at the heart of Europe, the company’s hub at Vienna International Airport is the ideal gateway between East and West. Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, Europe’s largest airline group, and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global alliance of international airlines. The flight operations of the Austrian Airlines Group have been bundled at its 100% subsidiary Tyrolean Airways since 1st July, 2012.

source:austrian.com


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