Posted on: 06 May 2010 by Ross McSweeny
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.