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Temporary flight ban left its mark, says Air Berlin

Air Berlin has reported its traffic and operational details for April 2010 and highlighted how much the volcanic outbreak in Iceland, which resulted in a temporary flight ban, left its mark on those figures.

The cancellation of more than 3,500 flights resulted in a capacity reduction of 550,000 seats for the carrier. Although flight operations were gradually resumed in the week beginning 19 April, continued uncertainty among potential passengers led to a reduction in the number of bookings. This resulted in a lower average revenue and in a lower capacity utilisation rate (load factor) when compared with the corresponding period of 2009.

In April 2010, Air Berlin carried 2,065,194 passengers which was 16.5% fewer than in April 2009 when 2,472,453 passengers were carried. The load factor for April 2010 was 72.6%, which was 3.7 percentage points down on April 2009’s figure of 76.3%. Overall capacity decreased by 12.3%.

Revenue per available seat kilometre (RASK) decreased by 6.1% to 5.55 eurocents from the 5.91 eurocents RASK achieved in April 2009.

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