VIENNA: Austrian Airlines carried round 11.4 million passengers in the period January to December 2016, corresponding to a year-on-year increase of 5.1 percent or 547,000 passengers.
This increase is mainly due to the expanded bilateral flight traffic between Austria and Germany. The flight offering, measured in available seat kilometers (ASK), was increased by 4.9 percent to more than 24.4 billion.
Austrian Airlines sold 18.6 billion revenue passenger kilometers (RPK), an increase of 2.3 percent from the prior-year level. However, the increased flight offering was not sold to the full extent. Capacity utilization of the flights (passenger load factor) was at an average of 76.1 percent, a decrease of 1.9 percentage points compared to 2015. In 2016, the Austrian carrier operated 136,112 flights, equivalent to around 372 flights per day.
Austrian Airlines carried more than 800,000 passengers in the month of December 2016. This comprises a rise of 13.2 percent from the previous year. The flight offering, measured in available seat kilometers, was increased by 5.9 percent to almost 1.8 billion.
Revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) climbed by 4.8 percent to around 1.3 billion. Capacity utilization of the flights was at an average of 71.6 percent, a slight drop of 0.7 percentage points from December of 2015.
Austrian Airlines AG, sometimes shortened to Austrian, is the flag carrier of Austria and a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group. The airline is headquartered in the grounds of Vienna International Airport in Schwechat where it also maintains its hub.