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05 January 2015



AEA: European airlines achieved record load factor of 81 % in 2014

According to initial estimates, AEA member airlines achieved a record load factor of nearly 81% in 2014.

The airlines participating in the AEA’s traffic data analysis welcomed on board of their domestic, European and Intercontinental flights 11 million extra passengers in 2014 compared to the previous year. Despite the very slow economic growth in Europe this represents an increase of 3%.  In terms of RPK (Revenue Passenger Kilometre) this represents a growth of 4.4 %. 

Three quarters of the passengers flew on Intra-European routes. As in 2013, the greatest proportional increase was seen on the long haul network which registered a passenger growth of 4.5 %.  On routes within Europe, including domestic services, passenger growth amounted to 2.7 %. 

With only modest capacity expansion, this increased demand has been met thanks to the commercial strategies of the airlines and better aircraft utilisation.

Freight traffic measured in FTKs will post growth in excess of 2% in 2014. Although an improvement on 2013, which saw a growth of just +1.9%, freight growth to/from Europe transported by AEA members remains subdued.


For more information, please contact:

Geert Sciot

General Manager Communications
Association of European Airlines
Avenue Louise 350, B-1050 Brussels

Tel. :       +32 (0)2 639.89.76
Mob.:     +32 (0) 491373259
E-mail:   geert.sciot@aea.be

ABOUT AEA: The Association of European Airlines (AEA) brings together 29 European established scheduled network carriers. These collectively carry nearly 400 million passengers and 5.5 million tonnes of cargo each year, operating 2,550 aircraft serving 600 destinations in 160 countries with 10,000 flights a day. They provide around 370,000 jobs directly, and generate a total turnover of €100 billion.




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