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Iberia load factor up 4.4 ppts; Air France staff to hold another strike: El Al slips

European airline shares were down on Thursday (14-Oct-2010) as wider markets declined, despite opening trading higher. Markets were weighed down by declines in the banking sector due to capital concerns.

In key markets, UK’s FTSE (-0.4%), Germany’s DAX (+0.3%) and France’s CAC (-0.1%) all slipped for the day. 

Iberia load factor up 4.4 ppts for Sep-2010

Iberia (-0.6%) slipped for the day. During trading, the carrier reported a 4.4 ppt year-on-year improvement in load factor for Sep-2010, to 83.4%. The result was led by a 7.0 ppt rise in domestic load factor, to 77.0%:

  • Domestic: 77%, +7.0 ppts;
  • Medium-haul: 80.3%, +1.8 ppts;
  • Long-haul: 85.6%, +4.4 ppts.

The rise in load factor was also the result of a 10.1% rise in passenger traffic (RPKs) on a 4.3% increase in capacity (ASMs). The increase in traffic for the period was led by a 17.3% rise in long-haul traffic:

  • Domestic: -5%;
  • Medium-haul: -0.5%;
  • Long-haul: +17.3%.

See related CAPA Profile: Traffic and Capacity

Air France staff to hold another strike

Air France-KLM (-0.3%) also slipped after unions reportedly called a one-day strike on 16-Oct-2010 to protest the government’s pension-reform plans. No further details were provided.

El Al market share at Ben-Gurion Tel Aviv Airport declining

El Al (+0.6%) edged higher, despite the Israeli Airports Authority (IAA) stating El Al’s market share at Ben-Gurion International Airport declined from 40.4% over the first nine months of 2006 to 32.7% over the first nine months of 2010. If the market share of El Al and Sun Dor  (the carrier’s charter subsidiary) is included, the combined market share decreased from 41.7% to 36.6%.

See related CAPA Profile: Market Share

Elsewhere, Turkish Airlines (-3.3%) continued its decline, while Finnair (-2.9%) was also down for the day. Dart Group (+4.7%) and Norwegian (+2.9%) gained.

Europe selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 14-Oct-2010