Posted on: 22 February 2011 by Ross McSweeny
The European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA) has announced a 6.1% year-on-year increase in passenger numbers for its members in 2010.
“These strong figures further demonstrate that ELFAA low-fare airlines are well on track to become the dominant force in intra-Europe scheduled air travel,” remarked ELFAA secretary general John Hanlon. “At a time when other airlines are again falling back on Government handouts in the face of declining passenger numbers, ELFAA members are bucking the trend by showing consistent annual growth, carrying more passengers every year.”
ELFAA members’ load factor also increased by 0.3% to 82.3% – further underlining ELFAA airlines’ high overall and, especially, environmental efficiency, the Association declared.
“ELFAA members can genuinely be regarded as the standard-bearer for sustainable, well-run, and successful airlines,” added Hanlon. “We operate the newest and cleanest airlines around, and, bucking the global economic downturn, our success in creating significantly-improved connectivity has brought valuable gains to the economies, employment, tourism and inward investment in the regions of Europe.”