Iberia: Traffic Statistics December 2008

15 Jan 2009 [13:01h]     Bookmark and Share

Iberia: Traffic Statistics December 2008

Iberia: Traffic Statistics December 2008

In December, Iberia continued its capacity adjustments to respond to the weak demand, affected by the adverse economic situation. Total capacity -measured in available seat kilometres (ASK)- decreased by 5.7% and traffic dropped by 7.0%. Load factor stood at 76.0%, 1.1 points down on last year.

Madrid – Long haul capacity went down 1.4% while RPK reduced by 3.7%, leading to a load factor of 81.5% (-2.0 points). In the South Atlantic, capacity and traffic decreased by 0.8% and by 0.9% respectively, standing the load factor at 83.5%. In the Mid Atlantic, the number of ASK dropped 1.9% and the load factor reached 81.0%. In North Atlantic capacity and traffic went down 1.7% and 3.2% respectively, which led to a load factor of 78.6%.

In Europe the load factor improved by 2.9 points to 66.2%. Capacity went down 7.4% and traffic 3.2%. In Africa and Middle East traffic rose 3.5%, while the load factor decreased by -3.5 points. The company continued to reinforce the connections in its main hub, where the international medium haul traffic increased by 3.7% respect to the previous year, improving the load factor by 1.9 points, to 67.0%.

In the domestic sector, Iberia cut capacity by 21.9%, following the strategy of revising and optimising the network. The load factor stood at 68.6% (-5,1 points). Despite this decrease and the 7.2% growth in the average stage length, the unit revenue was higher compared to the previous year thanks to the meaningful improvement in yields.

In the accumulated of 2008, the company adjusted its capacity by 0.5% and traffic went down 2.5%, leading to a load facto of 80.0%, decreasing 1,6 points respect to the historic record reached in 2007.

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