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Unique News Flash No. 30 - Zurich Airport Traffic Figures - December 2004

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During December 2004 1'278’828 passengers were handled at Zurich Airport, a gain of 1.6% versus December 2003 (-0.2% previous year). For the full year 2004, passenger figures increased by 227’969 or 1.3% (-5.1%) to 17’252’906. In 2004, SWISS transported 1.27 million less passengers, whereof 1.10 million less transfer passengers, resulting in a market share drop of eight percentage points to 48%. Other airlines’ passengers increased by 1.50 million. The start-up Helvetic added 317’300 passengers, followed by Air Berlin (220’500), Germania (111’900), Lufthansa (98’800) and Fly Niki (72’400).
Duesseldorf saw the greatest passenger increase among destinations, followed by Vienna, Antalya and Hamburg. Destination losers are led by Delhi, London, Cologne and Accra. Transfer passengers are up by 3.3% (-23.6%) to 400’558 in December. Year to date the decrease is 18.3% (-14.3%). The continued positive rate for December is not surprising, as the last network reduction of the home carrier Swiss took place at the end of October 2003. The transfer rate which was at 35% for the full year 2003 and saw a seasonal record low of 24.4% in July 2004, is currently back at 31.4% (28.0% YTD). O/D passengers (originating or departing from Zurich) have risen by 1.0% to 868’969 versus previous December. For the full year 2004 O/D passengers have risen by 12.1% or 1’328’804 to 12’323’227, only 0.4% below the record level of the year 2000.
The 2004 low cost market share is 8.8% (5.8% previous year). Air Berlin has the largest stake of 35.5%, followed by Helvetic Airways (19.1%), EasyJet (18.4%) and Germanwings (10.6%). The regional passenger breakdown partly reflects the home carriers network changes, which had a full year effect in 2004, but also shows signs of the continued fierce price competition within Europe.
European Destinations (74.6% of all airline passengers) saw an average gain of 2.7%. North American destinations (8.2%) saw a reduction of 1.5%, the Far East (7.6%) -1.3%, Africa (4.8%) -5.6%, the Near & Middle East (3.3%) +0.8% and Latin America (1.4%) -9.8%. The regional breakdown for O/D passengers however shows only positive growth figures. Europe gained 12.2%, North America 11.3%, the Far East 12.8%, Africa 12.6%, the Near &Middle East 13.3% and Latin America 0.9%.
Air Traffic Movements (atm’s) increased by 4.5% to 20’590 in December versus previous year (-7.9%). YTD the decrease is 1.0% (-4.5%) or 2’732 atm’s to 266’660. For 2004, positive movement changes were not only brought by low cost carriers such as Helvetic, Air Berlin or Germania, but also by niche players like Styrian or Denim Airways, offering code share flights with Swiss to various destinations such as Graz, Krakow, Florence or Venice. Movement decreases were seen by Swiss, Volare (bankrupt) or EasyJet. The average Passenger per movement figure (scheduled & charter only) has risen from 65.6 in November to 69.4 in December (72.2 previous year). Year to date it’s at 74.5 (72.4).

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