Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) transported 16,517,559 passengers in 2016, a 1.3% increase year over year. A total of 145,868 flights were operated systemwide in 2016, a 0.5% more YoY. Of these flights, 127,055 (up 0.3%) were within Europe and 18,813 (up 2.1%) were on intercontinental routes.
Annual systemwide capacity was raised 6.6% in available seat-kilometers (ASKs). Annual traffic volume, measured in revenue passenger-kilometers (RPKs), was up 4% YoY.
Its European network capacity (ASKs) was up by 2.6%, while its RPKs traffic volumes saw a 0.2% decline YoY. The intercontinental services capacity experienced an 8.5% increase, while RPKs volumes were up by 5.7% YoY.
The airline also reported that the seat load factor for European services amounted to 76.4% for 2016, down 2.1%. Seat load factor for intercontinental services declined 2.2 points to 83.4%. Systemwide seat load factor for 2016 amounted to 81.3%, or dropped by 2.1% YoY.
The airfreight of Swiss WorldCargo achieved a cargo load factor (by volume) of 75.2% for 2016, a slight 0.7% decrease YoY. Annual cargo sales, by contrast, were raised 7.1% in revenue ton-kilometers (RTKs).
In December 2016 SWISS1 carried 1,272,691 passengers, a 5.7% increase YoY. A total of 11,119 flights were operated in the month, 1.7% fewer than in December 2015.
Systemwide ASK capacity for December 2016 was raised 6.6% YoY. RPK traffic volume for the month was also up by 7.9% YoY. Systemwide seat load factor improved, rising 1 points to 80.5%.