SWISS with 10.5 million passengers in 2006

12 January 2007

SWISS increased its capacity utilisation in 2006 by 1.7 percentage points from the previous year and achieved an average seat load factor of (SLF) of 79.8% for its entire route network. On intercontinental routes the SLF stabilised at 83.8% (2005: 84%). In Europe, the SLF improved by 5.4 percentage points to 71.3%. SWISS carried a total of 10.5 million passengers in 2006 (2005: 9.6. million.)

In December 2006 SWISS recorded an average seat load factor (SLF) of 79.7% (same month a year ago: 74.9%). SWISS carried 881,997 passengers in December (previous year: 721,013).The seat load factor on intercontinental routes rose by 3.1 percentage points to 83.9%. In Europe, SWISS improved its SLF in December by 7.8 percentage points on a year-ago comparison to 70%.

On intercontinental routes the SLF of 83.8% was practically the same as the 84% recorded for the previous year. Against an increase of 6.1% in capacity in terms of available seat kilometres (ASK) SWISS raised revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) by 5.8% on long-haul services.

In Europe SWISS increased SLF in 2006 by 5.4 percentage points to 71.3% (previous year: 65.9%). While capacity in available seat kilometres (ASK) was raised by 4.7% compared to the previous year, revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) increased by 3.3%.

Swiss WorldCargo's business figures for 2006 remained stable at a high level. The volume-based freight load factor for the year was 85.8% (previous year 86.5%).

Key figures for SWISS scheduled services January - December

2006 2005 Diff.
Passengers carried
2006
10'507'250
2005
9'564'506
Diff.
+9,9%
Flights operated
2006
123'92
2005
133'17
Diff.
-7,3%
Available seat kilometres (million)
2006
27'73
2005
26'193
Diff.
+5.7%
Revenue seat kilometres (million)
2006
22'074
2005
20'469
Diff.
+7.8%
Seat load factor
2006
79.8%
2005
78.1%
Diff.
+1.7 Pkt.