Finnair’s network expansion helps it grow in August

Finnair's first Airbus A350XWB
Finnair's first Airbus A350XWB

Finnair’s cargo capacity in scheduled traffic measured in available tonne kilometres (ATK) grew by 4.9 per cent, and revenue tonne kilometres  (RTK) increased by 8.7 per cent year-on-year (YOY) in August.

ATK was 121.8 million, while RTK was 69.4 million and for the year so far ATK is 923.4 million, a YOY rise of 7.1 per cent and RTK is 521.7 million, a YOY surge of 13.8 per cent.

The Finnish carrier handled 11,210 scheduled cargo tonnes in August, a rise of 12.3 per cent on the same month last year and so far this year it has handled 84,695 tonnes of freight – a 14.7 per cent YOY surge.

In August, this included 2,220 tonnes to Europe, a YOY rise of 37.4 per cent, 7,972 tonnes to Asia, a YOY uplift of 6.1 per cent and 884 tonnes in the North Atlantic, an increase of 22.8 per cent.

In the month, the scheduled traffic cargo load factor rose 1.9 percentage points to 57 per cent and for the year so it stands at 56.5 percentage points, up 3.3 percentage points.

Finnair’s total freight capacity has been boosted in Europe and now includes two weekly freighter flights between Helsinki and Brussels and two weekly freighter flights shared with IAG Cargo between Helsinki and London, both operated by DHL.

The carrier has recently launched services to Fukuoka in Japan and Guangzhou in China, boosting its Asian network and capacity.