Austrian Airlines reported that it carried round 11.4 million passengers in the period January to December 2016, an increase of 5.1% year over year 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 (ASKs), was increased by 4.9% to more than 24.4 billion. Austrian Airlines sold 18.6 billion revenue passenger kilometers (RPK), an increase of 2.3% YoY.
The airline said that 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%, a decrease of 1.9% YoY. In 2016, the Austrian carrier operated 136,112 flights, equivalent to around 372 flights per day.
In December 2016, Austrian Airlines carried more than 800,000 passengers, a rise of 13.2% YoY. The flight offering, measured in available seat kilometers (ASKs), was increased by 5.9% to almost 1.8 billion.
Revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) climbed by 4.8% to around 1.3 billion. Capacity utilization of the flights was at an average of 71.6%, a slight drop of 0.7% YoY.
Austrian Airlines, a subsidiary of Lufthansa Group, now operates a fleet of 81 aircraft and serves flights to european cities as well as intercontinental flights to Africa, Asia and North America.