Finnair Traffic Performance in February 2022, strong cargo performance


Clear improvement in passenger traffic figures year-on-year, but figures remained close to January 2022 levels due to the Omicron impact; strong cargo performance continued

In February, Finnair carried 443,000 passengers, which was 407.5% more than in February 2021. The number of passengers in February 2022 was 1.8% less than in January 2022 (month-on-month figures are not fully comparable as there were three fewer days in February).

The COVID-19 impact, including the strict travel restrictions imposed by several countries due to the Omicron variant, still affected all passenger traffic figures. It was particularly visible in the North Atlantic and Asian figures even though travel from both Finland and Sweden to the United States and e.g., Thailand opened in November, thereby increasing the number of passengers carried by Finnair. The impact of the crisis in Ukraine was not yet visible in February figures.

The overall capacity, measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASK), increased in February by 473.4% year-on-year but decreased by 11.8% month-on-month. Finnair operated, on average, 196 daily flights (cargo-only included), which was 154.5% more than in February 2021 but 6.2% less than in January 2022. 

The differences between capacity figures compared to February 2021 are explained by the longer average stage length of flights operated and by the larger gauge of aircraft operated. Finnair’s traffic, measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs), increased by 845.6% year-on-year but declined by 14.1% month-on-month. The Passenger Load Factor (PLF) increased by 17.3% points to 43.9% year-on-year but decreased by 1.2% points month-on-month. 

The ASK increase in Asian traffic was 249.2% year-on-year. In European traffic, the ASKs were up by 560.8%. The ASKs in domestic traffic increased by 119.7%. 

RPKs increased in Asian traffic by 951.5%, in European traffic by 955.6% and in domestic traffic by 172.7% year-on-year. 

The PLF was 32.4% in Asian traffic and 25.3% in North Atlantic traffic but both were supported by the strong cargo operations. The PLF was 63.8% in European traffic and 73.6% in domestic traffic.  

Passenger numbers increased in Asian traffic by 950.7%, in European traffic by 602.1% and in domestic traffic by 167.0% year-on-year.

In North Atlantic traffic, ASK, RPK and passenger number growth rates year-on-year cannot be calculated as there were no passenger flights in February 2021.

In February, available scheduled cargo tonne-kilometers increased by 423.4% year-on-year (decreased by 9.7% month-on-month), and revenue scheduled cargo tonne-kilometers increased by 268.4% (decreased by 0.7% month-on-month), both due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on scheduled flights, especially in North Atlantic and Asian traffic, in February 2021.

Cargo-related available tonne kilometers increased by 148.3% year-on-year (decreased by 7.6% month-on-month) and revenue tonne-kilometers increased by 94.3% (increased by 0.4% month-on-month) and both include the cargo-only flights, operated mainly between Europe and Asia, as well as between Europe and North America.

Cargo-only tonnes decreased by 8.9% year-on-year (increased by 3.4% month-on-month). Exceptionally strong demand for cargo capacity, however, continued in February as the total cargo tonnes increased by 102.4% year on year. They decreased by 0.6% month-on-month due to fewer days in February.

In February, 74.2% of all Finnair flights arrived on schedule (83.4%).

Traffic statistics for March 2022 will be published on Wednesday 6 April 2022.

Finnair Traffic Performance February 2022
Month% Change YTD% Change 
Total traffic
Passengers 1,000443.0407.5894.3417.3
Available seat kilometers mill2,138.6473.44,562.2486.9
Revenue passenger kilometers mill938.6845.62,031.7905.5
Passenger load factor %43.917.3p44.518.5p
Cargo tonnes total12,469.3102.425,019.8119.4
Available tonne-kilometers mill377.0186.8792.9217.6
Revenue tonne kilometers mill172.2217.0358.0254.7
Passengers 1,000 Asia31.3950.774.31,119.6
Available seat kilometers mill Asia718.1249.21,574.6260.8
Revenue passenger kilometers mill Asia232.3951.5566.11,147.4
Passenger load factor % Asia32.421.6p36.025.6p
Passengers 1,000 Europe271.8602.1541.1573.5
Available seat kilometers mill Europe754.6560.81,612.5589.3
Revenue passenger kilometers mill Europe481.5955.6942.4872.0
Passenger load factor % Europe63.823.9p58.417.0p
North Atlantic
Passengers 1,000 North Atlantic18.2N/A46.9N/A
Available seat kilometers mill North Atlantic549.1N/A1,113.5N/A
Revenue passenger kilometers mill North Atlantic138.7N/A358.9N/A
Passenger load factor % North Atlantic25.3N/A32.2N/A
Passengers 1,000 Domestic121.7167.0232.0168.4
Available seat kilometers mill Domestic116.9119.7261.7144.6
Revenue passenger kilometers mill Domestic86.0172.7164.3175.1
Passenger load factor % Domestic73.614.3p62.87.0p
Cargo traffic
Europe tonnes1,165.2625.82,593.3554.0
North Atlantic tonnes2,874.9N/A5,105.6N/A
Asia tonnes4,962.9126.010,499.3142.2
Domestic tonnes28.5-2.858.13.4
Cargo scheduled traffic total tonnes9,031.4278.518,256.2281.3
Cargo flights tonnes**3,437.8-8.96,763.62.2
Cargo Traffic tonnes total12,469.3102.425,019.8119.4
Available tonne-kilometers* mill136.3148.3283.9179.7
Revenue tonne-kilometers mill88.594.3176.7112.7
Available sched. cargo tonne kms* mill103.5423.4218.2424.3
Revenue sched. cargo tonne kms mill62.6268.4125.6273.4
Cargo load factor* %64.9-18.0p62.3-19.6p
– North-Atlantic cargo load factor* %61.1N/A54.0N/A
– Asia cargo load factor* %64.8-24.6p64.6-19.3p
Scheduled traffic cargo load factor* %60.5-25.4p57.6-23.3p

* Based on average operational cargo capacity
** Including purchased traffic

  • Change %: Change compared to the figures of the respective periods in the previous year (p = points, N/A = not available).
  • The available seat kilometers. ASK: Total number of seats available multiplied by kilometers flown. 
  • Revenue passenger kilometers. RPK: Number of revenue passengers carried multiplied by kilometers flown.
  • Passenger load factor: Share of revenue passenger kilometers of available seat kilometers.
  • Available tonne-kilometers. ATK: Number of tonnes of capacity for carriage of passengers, cargo, and mail multiplied by kilometers flown.
  • Revenue tonne-kilometers. RTK: Total revenue load consisting of passengers, cargo, and mail multiplied by kilometers flown.
  • Overall load factor: Share of revenue tonne-kilometers of available tonne-kilometers.
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