IATA: passenger demand recovery comes to a halt in November

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that the recovery in passenger demand which had been slowing since the Northern hemisphere’s summer travel season, came to a halt in November 2020. Total demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 70.3% compared to November 2019, virtually unchanged from the 70.6% year-to-year decline recorded in October. November capacity was 58.6% below previous-year levels and load factor fell 23.0 percentage points to 58.0%, which was a record low for the month. International passenger demand in November was 88.3% below November 2019, slightly worse than the 87.6% year-to-year decline recorded Read more

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Ryanair cuts full year (to March 21) traffic forecast

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Ryanair has briefed the markets that it now expects the newly announced Covid lockdowns in Ireland, the U.K., and a small number of other EU countries this week, will materially reduce its flight schedules and traffic forecast through January, February and March. Ryanair now expects its January traffic to fall to under 1.25 million passengers, and that new COVID restrictions could also reduce February and March traffic to as little as 500,000 passengers each month. In response, Ryanair will significantly cut its flight schedules from January 21, which will result in few, if any, flights being operated to/from Ireland or Read more

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Finnair traffic performance in December 2020

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In December, Finnair carried 92,500 passengers, which was 92.0% fewer than in the corresponding period of 2019 but 8.8% more than in November 2020. The COVID-19 impact, including the exceptionally strict travel restrictions imposed by Finland, still affected all passenger traffic figures. It was visible especially in the North Atlantic figures (no scheduled flights in December). Overall capacity (ASK) decreased in December by 90.1% year-on-year. Finnair operated 75 daily flights (cargo-only included) on average, which was 21.5% compared to December 2019. The differences between capacity figures are explained by the shorter operated flights on average and by smaller operated aircraft Read more

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Finnair’s traffic performance still weak in November but strong month for cargo

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In November, Finnair carried 85,000 passengers, which was 92.2% less than in the corresponding period of 2019, and 15.6% less than in October 2020. The COVID-19 impact, including the exceptionally strict travel restrictions imposed by Finland, still affected all passenger traffic figures. It was visible especially in the North Atlantic figures (no scheduled flights in November). The overall capacity (ASK) decreased in November by 88.9% year-on-year. Finnair operated 81 daily flights (cargo-only included) on average, which was 23.4%. The differences between capacity figures are explained by the shorter operated flights on average and by smaller operated aircraft compared to November Read more

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Americans return to the skies for Thanksgiving

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Research undertaken by ForwardKeys, the travel analytics firm, reveals that despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the collapse in aviation, many Americans are planning a last-minute return to the skies this Thanksgiving, travelling to be with their families at home or taking a break in the sunshine or on the slopes. Olivier Ponti, VP Insights, ForwardKeys explained: “The COVID-19 crisis has decimated international air travel and badly damaged domestic air travel. In the past three weeks, we have seen the pace of bookings decelerate and that correlates with the third wave of the virus. However, there are a couple of highly Read more

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IATA: passenger demand in September remained highly depressed

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that passenger demand in September remained highly depressed. Total demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was 72.8% below September 2019 levels (only slightly improved over the 75.2% year-to-year decline recorded in August). Capacity was down 63% compared to a year ago and load factor fell 21.8 percentage points to 60.1%. International passenger demand in September plunged 88.8% compared to September 2019, basically unchanged from the 88.5% decline recorded in August. Capacity plummeted 78.9%, and load factor withered 38.2 percentage points to 43.5%. Domestic demand in September was down 43.3% compared Read more

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COVID-19 pandemic impact clearly visible in Finnair’s October traffic figures

In October, Finnair carried 100,800 passengers, which was 92.0% fewer than in the corresponding period of 2019 and 12.8% fewer than in September 2020. The COVID-19 impact, including the exceptionally strict travel restrictions imposed by Finland, have still affected all passenger traffic figures. This was especially visible in the North Atlantic figures (no scheduled flights in October). The overall capacity (ASK) decreased in October by 88.5% year-on-year. Finnair operated 76 daily flights (cargo-only included) on average which was 21.1% of flights compared to October 2019. The differences between capacity figures are explained by the shorter operated flights on average and Read more

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U.S. exceeds 1 million airline passengers screened on October 18th

For the first time since March this year, over one million airline passengers were screened on Sunday, October 18, though the exact total of 1.03 million still saw a 60% reduction in passenger numbers when compared to the same period last year. While 1.26 million passengers were screened on March 16, that figure dropped to a low of 87,000 for one single day in April. U.S. carriers are currently burning through cash at a rate of US$5 billion each month and since the previous payroll program ceased on September 30, there has been little sign of Congress approving a US$25 billion Read more

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Fraport traffic figures still low in September

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In September 2020, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) served some 1.1 million passengers – an 82.9% decline compared to the same month last year. Cumulative traffic at FRA during the January-to-September 2020 period fell by 70.2%. The low passenger demand resulted from persisting travel restrictions and the uncertainties for travel planning in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.   Aircraft movements at Frankfurt Airport decreased by 63.7% year-on-year to 16,940 takeoffs and landings in September 2020. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) contracted by 61.7% to about 1.1 million metric tons. Cargo throughput, comprising airfreight and airmail, dipped by only 5.0% year-on-year to Read more

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Finnair publishes traffic figures for September 2020

In September, Finnair carried 115,500 passengers, which is 91.0% less than in the corresponding period of 2019 and 40.1% less than in August 2020. The COVID-19 impact, including the exceptionally strict travel restrictions imposed by Finland, still affected all passenger traffic figures. It was visible especially in the North Atlantic figures (no scheduled flights in September) and, compared to August, also in European figures. The overall capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometers (ASKs) decreased in September by 87.6% year-on-year. Finnair operated 83 daily flights (cargo-only included) on average which was 21.8% compared to September 2019. The differences between capacity figures Read more

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