SWISS reports slightly higher first-half seat load factor

11 July 2006

SWISS succeeded in increasing its seat load factor slightly during the first six months of 2006. Systemwide, the average seat load factor (SLF) stood at 77.7%, compared to 76.9% in for the same period a year ago (+0.8 percentage points). On intercontinental routes first-half year SLF decreased slightly by 0.9 percentage points to 82.3%. On European routes the SLF rose 4.3 percentage points to 68.1%. Compared to the first half of last year, the number of passengers carried grew by 5.7% to 5 million.

In June SWISS recorded an average SLF of 83.0% (previous year: 81.5%) and carried 936,524 passengers on scheduled services, a rise of 9.8% compared to the same month a year ago.

SWISS recorded an SLF of 86.1% on intercontinental routes in June, 1.1 percentage points lower than the figure of 87.2% for the same month a year ago. Capacity offered, expressed as available seat kilometres (ASK) grew by 7.4% in June against the same month a year earlier. Turnover expressed in revenue passenger kilometres for the same period was up by 6.1%.

On North Atlantic services in June, SWISS recorded an SLF of 94.5% (previous year 94.0%), despite the introduction of a third daily Zurich-New York flight. The SLF for the Far East was 85.0% (previous year 86.9%). On Middle East routes the SLF declined to 74.1% (previous year 79.7%). South American services had an SLF of 78.2% (previous year: 83.5%). Africa flights were exactly the same as last year in SLF terms at 75.6%.

On European routes SWISS recorded a gain in SLF of 6.4 percentage points in June to 76.4%. In doing so, SWISS clearly offset a capacity increase of 3.6% in ASK by boosting RPK by an impressive 13%.

Swiss WorldCargo saw business volume decline slightly in the first half of the year. The freight load factor for this period stood at 85.0% (previous year 86.0%).