SWISS reports substantial rise in first-half passenger numbers

Press release
Published July 14th, 2011 - 08:00 GMT

SWISS carried 7 367 099 passengers in the first six months of 2011, a substantial 10.9% increase on the same period last year (2010: 6 643 521). The positive business trend is attributable partly to the numerous flight cancellations in the prior-year period owing to the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud; but SWISS has also posted year-on-year increases in all its monthly passenger numbers to date in 2011.

While the 79.1% seat load factor on SWISS’s European network for the first-half period marked a 1.1-percentage-point improvement on January-to-June 2010, the 83.7% seat load factor recorded for intercontinental services was a slight 1.3-percentage-point decline. Systemwide seat load factor remained broadly stable, slipping 0.5 percentage points to 79.6%. SWISS performed 74 613 flights in the first half of 2011, some 8.4% more than in the prior-year period (2010: 68 833).

Passenger volumes (in revenue passenger-kilometres) were up 10.5% on intercontinental services and as much as 13.1% on SWISS’s European network. Total capacity (in available seat-kilometres) was increased, by 11.4% in Europe and by 12.3% on intercontinental routes.

The airfreight business of Swiss WorldCargo suffered a 2.5-percentage-point decline in its cargo load factor (by volume) for the period, from the 81.8% of January-to-June 2010 to 79.3%.

In the month ofJune, SWISS carried 1 312 439 passengers, a 7.3% improvement on the prior-year period (2010: 1 223 640). Systemwide seat load factor remained broadly stable at 84.5% (2010: 84.6%). European seat load factor was raised 2.0 percentage points to 77.6%, while intercontinental seat load factor slipped 0.9 percentage points to 88.2% (2010: 89.1%). Swiss WorldCargo posted a cargo load factor (by volume) of 75.5%, a 4.5-percentage-point decline (2010: 80.0%). 

Background Information

Swiss International Airlines

SWISS is The Airline of Switzerland. It serves over 100 destinations all over the world from Zurich, Geneva and Lugano. SWISS is part of the Lufthansa Group and a member of the Star Alliance.

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