Swiss International Air Lines‘ annual passenger numbers exceeded 16 million for the first time last year, according to an announcement released on Tuesday.
SWISS transported some 16,169,411 passengers last year, a 1.3 percent increase on the 15,968,833 of 2013. The result was achieved with 1.6 percent fewer flights (144,116 compared to the 146,436 of the previous year) of which 125,901 (down 2.2 percent) were within Europe, and 18,215 (up 2.9 percent) were on intercontinental routes.
Systemwide, SWISS raised its annual available seat-kilometre (ASK) capacity by 1.8 percent last year.
Seat load factor for SWISS’s intercontinental services amounted to 86.5 percent for the year, down 0.8 percentage points from the 87.3 percent of 2013.
Swiss WorldCargo posted a cargo load factor (by volume) of 79.4 percent for 2014, a 0.5-percentage-point improvement on the 78.9 percent of the previous year. Total cargo sales for the year were up 5.6 percent in revenue tonne-kilometre terms.
In December 2014 a total of 1,236,146 customers travelled with SWISS, 2.6 percent more than the 1,205,128 of the prior-year period.