SWISS posts record passenger volume for 2016

Published on : Tuesday, January 10, 2017

swissSwiss International Air Lines (SWISS)1 transported 16,517,559 passengers in 2016, a 1.3% increase on 2015, which had itself been a record year in passenger volume terms. A total of 145,868 flights were operated systemwide in 2016, some 0.5% more than the previous year. Of these, 127,055 (up 0.3%) were within Europe and 18,813 (up 2.1%) were on intercontinental routes.

Annual systemwide capacity was raised 6.6% in available seat-kilometre (ASK) terms. Annual traffic volume, measured in revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs), was up 4.0%. On its European network SWISS raised its ASK capacity by 2.6%, while its RPK traffic volumes saw a 0.2% decline. On its intercontinental services ASK capacity was raised by 8.5%, while RPK volumes were a 5.7% increase on the previous year.

Seat load factor for SWISS’s European services amounted to 76.4% for 2016, down 2.1 percentage points. Seat load factor for SWISS’s intercontinental services declined 2.2 percentage points to 83.4%. Systemwide seat load factor for 2016 amounted to 81.3%, a 2.1-percentage-point year-on-year decline.

The airfreight business of Swiss WorldCargo achieved a cargo load factor (by volume) of 75.2% for 2016, a slight 0.7 percentage points below its prior-year level. Annual cargo sales, by contrast, were raised 7.1% in revenue tonne-kilometre terms.

In December 2016 SWISS1 carried 1,272,691 passengers, a 5.7% increase on the prior-year period. A total of 11,119 flights were operated in the month, 1.7% fewer than in December 2015.

Systemwide ASK capacity for December was raised 6.6% from its prior-year level. RPK traffic volume for the month was also an increase – of 7.9% – on the prior-year period. Systemwide seat load factor improved accordingly, rising 1.0 percentage points to 80.5%.

SWISS will publish its 2016 financial results on 16 March 2017.

Please note: to offer a full overview of the traffic performance of the airlines of the Lufthansa Group, we report all these carriers’ traffic results. This overview (in which the results for SWISS also include those of its sister carrier Edelweiss) is provided in the tables attached.

 

 

Source:- Swiss Airlines

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