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Finnair breaks June passenger record

Finnair carried more passengers in June 2017 than in any previous June in the company's history. The airline cites increased traffic to and from Asia as the main reason for its historic 1.1 million passengers during the month.

Lentokonetta tankataan Helsinki-Vantaan lentoasemalla.
Asian traffic made Finnair's passenger numbers soar. Image: Mikko Koski / Yle

Some 1.1 million people flew on Finnair services in June, 2017 – a record for the national carrier. The increase from June last year stands at 9.1 percent.

In June, Finnair's overall capacity increased by 9.9 percent year-on-year, and traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometres grew by 13.4 percent. The latter metric is found by multiplying the number of passengers carried by the distance travelled.

Finnair capacity in Asia increased by 11.3 percent in June, and traffic grew by 17.4 percent. Flights to Hong Kong and Tokyo were added since last year, with Finnair now the biggest European airline in Japan in terms of flight frequency.

Domestic capacity decreased by 3.4 percent, which the company says is due to the shuttering of Oulu airport for a week of repairs in late June.

"Unit revenue rose in the second quarter largely on the back of a broad improvement in the passenger load factor, but yields also improved on certain routes. Performance was particularly strong compared to last year in Finnair’s core trafic between Europe and Asia. Ancillary sales and cargo also made a clearly positive contribution", says Finnair CFO Pekka Vähähyyppä in the company's release.

Finnair's unit revenue increased in April–June by 4.2 percent year-on-year.

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