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Yield/revenue weakness in Europe in May-2010, though some glimmers of improvement


European airline load factors were generally healthy last month, led by the LCC sector and there are signs of yield improvements in some markets. Germany and Scandinavia are however not among them, though France is showing better signs. The UK picture was affected by airspace closures and industrial action. [1837 words]

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  • Air Berlin's stellar run ending?
  • Slow and protracted recovery for business travel: Lufthansa
  • Air France seeing “further marked recovery” in unit revenues
  • Norwegian yields down by double-digits…again
  • Better than expected unit revenue development for Finnair in 2Q2010
  • Two consecutive April’s of yield contractions for Scandinavian Airlines; yield environment remains “unpredictable”
  • Cimber Sterling witnesses jaw-dropping yield reductions in Apr-2010
  • British Airways sees premium traffic reduction in May-2010; impacted by cabin crew strike
  • Virgin Atlantic to place greater focus on raising yields
  • Europe’s three largest LCCs handle 13.6 million pax in May-2010; pax gains of 11%

Graphs and data:

  • Select European airline traffic highlights: Mar-2010
  • Selected European carriers’ passenger numbers and passenger numbers growth in May-2010
  • Air Berlin revenue per ASK (RASK) growth (% change year-on-year) and trend line: Apr-2008 to May-2010
  • Air Berlin two-year change in revenue RASK (EUR cents) and trend line: Apr-2009 to May-2010
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle yield and RASK growth: May-2008 to May-2010
  • Scandinavian Airlines yield growth: Apr-2008 to Apr-2010
  • British Airways’ premium and non-premium traffic growth: May-2007 to Ma7-2010
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