AEA passenger numbers down 7.2% in 2009; load factors down 2.1 points

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Does this feel more crowded to you? SWISS enjoyed the best AEA load factor in the summer at 87.3%! This low-cost like performance wasn’t matched by a no-frills service (the product featured here is the brand new first class Suite Above the Clouds billed as “a further milestone in SWISS’ ongoing quality drive”).

Statistics from members of the Association of European Airlines for the year’s first three quarters show an overall passenger fall of 7.2%. In September, however, the fall was only 4.5%.

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Source: AEA

In spite of the overall negative growth, there are region markets that are in the positive. Flights to Africa and the Middle East are all reporting growing passenger numbers compared to the corresponding period last year.

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Source: AEA

Among the major AEA member carriers, Turkish Airlines keeps reporting the highest passenger growth and is together with Swiss the only two carriers to report positive figures. Alitalia has not released figures because of its recent restructuring.

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Source: AEA

The high load factors experienced during the summer have fallen back somewhat in September, but KLM and Swiss keep reporting the highest figures; in August low-cost airline like load factors of 87.2% and 87.3% respectively. A great fall since its July peak has been reported by SAS, while Alitalia steadily has regained loads up to the 75% area.

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Source: AEA

Of the medium-sized member airlines, both Malev and CSA have started to report positive passenger numbers, while TAP Portugal showed slight growth during the summer months.

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Source: AEA

Malev is also represented as the medium-sized airline reporting the highest load factor. Olympic Air, which had grown steadily, has fallen back after the summer peak and in September only reported a load factor of 66.2%. TAROM remains the weakest performer at 64.7% in September.


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