Posted on: 23 May 2013 by Mark Howells
First quarter results for the airline members of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) show that the carriers are proving their tenacity, professionalism and efficiency in turbulent times with improving passenger load factor and punctuality.
ERA’s data watch has recorded an increase in its airlines’ passenger load factor from 64.2% in 2012 to 66.5% for the first quarter of 2013. Airline punctuality has also been positive with 85.7% of flights departing on time and 96.7% of flights leaving within 60 minutes of their scheduled slot. However, although there is wide variation, the average reduction in traffic (passenger kilometres) among reporting ERA carriers has been 10%, with capacity (seat kilometres) cut by 13% year-on-year.
ERA director general, Simon McNamara, remarked, “ERA members continue to show their resilience and commitment to intra-European air travel in extremely trying circumstances. ERA is working harder than ever on behalf of its members to ensure that the EU’s legislators increase their partnership with the intra-European transport industry and that new legislative proposals help, rather than hinder, growth and development of the industry. In such challenging conditions the practical support and advice that membership of ERA brings is invaluable.”