SWISS posts record passenger numbers for 2011

SWISS carried more passengers in 2011 than any airline had previously transported in any year in the history of Swiss aviation. A total of 15 317 275 travellers flew with SWISS last year, an 8.1% increase on the 14 168 718 of the prior-year period.
Annual production was raised 7.7% in available seat-kilometre (ASK) terms, while total traffic volume in revenue passenger-kilometre (RPK) terms was a 7.1% increase on the previous year. The added capacity was thus not fully absorbed by market demand.

The total number of flights operated systemwide rose 6.2% in 2011 to 150 131 flights (compared to 141 405 flights in 2010). Systemwide seat load factor stood at 81.8%, slightly below the prior-year record of 82.3%.
Intercontinental routes saw their ASK capacity increased by 6.8%. RPK traffic volumes were a 5.5% improvement on 2010. Seat load factor slipped accordingly to 85.7%, a decline of 1.1 percentage points.

European routes witnessed a 9.4% increase in their ASK capacity and a 10.6% rise in RPK traffic volumes. The seat load factor of 74.3% was a 0.8-percentage-point improvement on the previous year.

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The airfreight business of Swiss WorldCargo reported a 1.7% increase in estimated annual cargo tonne-kilometre sales. Cargo load factor for the year (by volume) stood at 78.5%, a 2.6-percentage-point decline on the prior-year period.
SWISS operated 7.4% more flights in December than it had in the same month in 2010. The airline also carried more passengers than in the prior-year period: a total of 1 194 594 (compared to 1 126 551 in December 2010). Systemwide seat load factor for the month amounted to 79.5%, down on the 80.8% of the prior-year period. On the airfreight front, the 82.9% cargo load factor (by volume) was unchanged from the previous December.

Source: Swiss
Date: Jan 11, 2012