Austrian Airlines passenger numbers up nearly 10 pct in 2010

12th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Austrian Airlines, a unit of Germany's Lufthansa, said Wednesday it transported nearly one million more passengers last year, despite the havoc caused by a volcanic eruption in Iceland in April.

AUA said in a statement that it transported a total 10.9 million passengers in 2010, an increase of 9.7 percent over the year earlier.

"We achieved our goal and transported around one million passengers more than in the previous year," the carrier's two co-chairmen, Andreas Bierwirth and Peter Malanik, said.

"And we achieved this despite the capacity restrictions imposed by the European Union, plus external factors such as the volcanic ash cloud and the sometimes chaotic conditions on European airports in December," they said.

AUA said its so-called passenger load factor, which measures the number of seats filled on flights, rose by 2.8 percentage points to 76.8 percent last year.

The loss-making airline plans to fly back into profit this year by cutting costs by up to 250 million euros (324 million dollars).

© 2011 AFP

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