In March, Finnair carried 86,300 passengers, which was 82.7% fewer than in March 2020 even though the COVID-19 impact was then already visible. The number of passengers in March 2021 was 1.1% lower than in February 2021.The overall capacity measured in available seat kilometers (ASK) decreased in March by 81.3% year-on-year.
Finnair operated 74 daily flights (cargo-only included) on average, which was 34.6% compared to March 2020. The differences between capacity figures are explained by the shorter average stage length of operated flights and by the smaller gauge of operated aircraft compared to March 2020. Finnair’s traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) decreased by 92.0%. The passenger load factor (PLF) decreased by 33.4% points to 24.6%.
The ASK decline in Asian traffic was 78.7%. The North Atlantic capacity decreased by 91.4%. In European traffic, the ASKs were down by 85.0%. The ASKs in domestic traffic decreased by 65.3%. RPKs decreased in Asian traffic by 96.4%, in North Atlantic traffic by 99.3%, in European traffic by 89.4%, and in domestic traffic by 59.6%. The PLF was 9.9% in Asian traffic but it was supported by the strong cargo operations and a high cargo load factor. The PLF was 5.3% in North Atlantic traffic, 39.6% in European traffic, and 58.9% in domestic traffic.
Passenger numbers decreased in Asian traffic by 96.2%, in North Atlantic traffic by 99.2%, in European traffic by 85.5% and in domestic traffic by 65.1%.
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