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Airberlin Blames Middle East Unrest for Lower Passenger Numbers

March 7, 2011 By: Jena Tesse Fox

The Middle East/North Africa unrest has had some surprising after-effects in Europe's travel scene. In February 2011, airberlin transported a total of 2,132,057 passengers, i.e. an increase of 1 percent over February 2010. While this is certainly positive, the numbers are not as high as they could be: The number of passengers transported developed less favorably than in January 2011, and the airline blames the cancelations of flights to Egypt and Tunisia. The political unrest in Egypt and Tunisia caused several hundred February flights to be canceled, reducing the number of passengers by a six-digit figure.

In February 2010, airberlin had 2,111,716 passengers on board. Fleet capacity utilization for February 2011 increased by 1.4 percentage points to 71.4 percent (February 2010: 70 percent). In comparison with the corresponding month of the previous year, fleet capacity was reduced by 1 percent.

For the period from January to February 2011, a total of 4,277,245 passengers traveled on airberlin’s flight route network, i.e. 3.3 percent more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. Accumulated capacity utilization for the first two months of the year increased from 69.4 to 71.9 percent, i.e. an increase of 2.5 percentage points. Fleet capacity for the first two months of 2011 decreased by 0.3 percent.

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Jena Tesse Fox
Jena Tesse Fox covers Europe, Africa, Australia/South Pacific and business travel for the Questex Travel Group's publications. The daughter of history teachers, she can spend...

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By Jena Tesse Fox | March 7, 2011
While passenger numbers are up over last year, the airline was forced to cancel flights to Egypt and Tunisia in recent months, stunting the growth.
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