SWISS offered 2.1% more capacity in available seat-kilometre (ASK) terms in the first three months of 2013 than it had in the prior-year period. Total traffic volume increased 4.5% in revenue passenger-kilometre (RPK) terms. On the European network, ASK capacity was up 4.3% while RPK volume declined 1.1%; and on intercontinental routes ASK was raised 5.5% and RPK increased by 6.9%.
The first-quarter airfreight business of Swiss WorldCargo was broadly in line with prior- year levels. Cargo load factor (by volume) stood at 80.7%, a slight 0.2-percentage-point increase on the 80.5% of the prior-year period, while revenue tonne-kilometre sales were up 4.0%.
A total of 1,362,860 passengers flew SWISS in March 2013, a 1.9% increase on the 1,337,878 of the same period last year. Systemwide seat load factor for the month amounted to 84.0%, a 2.4-percentage-point improvement on the 81.6% of March 2012. Seat load factor on European services was up 3.9 percentage points, while seat load factor on the intercontinental network rose 1.2 percentage points. Swiss WorldCargo posted a cargo load factor (by volume) of 82.6%, a 2.7-percentage-point decline from the 85.3% of March 2012.
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