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Vueling reports May 2010 traffic stats

Vueling has released its passenger traffic data for May 2010, including a slight increase in load factor.

Revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) were up 103.9% at 842,902,000 from 413,370,000 in May 2009, while available seat kilometres (ASKs) rose by 102.0% to 1,178,162,000 from May 2009’s 583,269,000.

The load factor rose slightly – by 0.6 percentage points – to 71.5% from the 70.9% recorded last May. Total passengers carried reached 945,000, up 119.2% from 431,000 a year ago.

The 2009 figures do not, of course, take into account the merger with clickair which went through on 15 July 2009.

Disruption to flights caused by the second volcanic cloud between 8-11 May resulted in Vueling cancelling 211 flights, affecting a total of 26,725 passengers.

From 5 July, the airline will start making connections from El Prat Airport (Barcelona) converting it into a hub, from where it will offer 418 new connection routes. Vueling forecasts it will double the current number of connecting passengers at the airport, where it is already the leader with a 27% market share, adding between 250,000 and 350,000 passengers in transit in 2010.

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