Significant Upward Trend for Passenger Volume in April: +23.1% Compared to the Previous Year
Expansion of bilateral flight traffic, Easter holidays and airberlin wet-lease lead to a rise in passenger numbers
January-April 2017: 11.7 percent increase in passenger volume
Austrian Airlines significantly increased its passenger volume for the month of April 2017: Austria’s red-white-red carrier transported more than 1.1 million passengers, corresponding to a rise of 23.1 percent compared to April of 2016. This increase is due to the expanded bilateral flight traffic between Austria and Germany, the high travel volume during the Easter holidays and the airberlin aircraft, deployed within a wet-lease agreement since March. The flight offering, measured in available seat kilometers (ASK) was up by 14.3 percent to round 2.3 billion and was sold disproportionately. Revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) increased by 21.6 percent to almost 1.8 billion. Capacity utilization of the flights (passenger load factor) was at an average of 79.2 percent in April 2017, a growth of 4.8 percentage points from the prior-year month.
In the period January to April 2017, Austrian Airlines carried a total of more than 3.3 million passengers, comprising a rise of 11.7 percent. The flight offering in available seat kilometers (ASK) was up by 6.4 percent to more than 7.3 billion. Revenue passenger kilometers amounted to round 5.3 billion, an increase of 6.0 percent compared to the first four months of 2016. Capacity utilization was down slighty by 0.3 percentage points to 71.8 percent.