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Traffic result of Austrian Airlines Group for January to September 2005

The upward trend that began at the Austrian Airlines Group back in May has continued to gather pace in September…

The upward trend that began at the Austrian Airlines Group back in May has continued to gather pace in September. The company`s traffic result – measured in revenue passenger kilometers on scheduled services (RPK) – was significantly above last year`s at 10.4 %, while available seat kilometers were increased by 5.5 %. When charter and holiday flights are included, the company actually managed to raise its revenue passenger kilometers by a full 12.4 %. As a result of these rises, the company was able to increase its load factor on scheduled services by 3.6 percentage points to pass the 80 % mark and reach a precise figure of 80.2 %. The Austrian Airlines Group also generated double-digit growth of 12.3 % in its September passenger numbers to exceed the psychologically important one million barrier once again, with 1.057 million passengers carried.



From January to September 2005 the Austrian Airlines Group carried around 7.799 million passengers on scheduled and charter services, some 6.6 % more than during the same period in 2004. The Austrian Airlines Group therefore achieved a traffic result measured in revenue passenger kilometers on scheduled services (RPK) that produced an increase of 5.9 % on the previous year`s figure, while available seat kilometers on scheduled services (ASK) expanded by 5.0 % compared to the same period in 2004. The cumulative passenger load factor on scheduled services produced as a result was 73.9 %, some 0.7 percentage points up on the figure for January-September last year.



Vagn Soerensen, Chief Executive Officer of Austrian Airlines, made the following statement on this continuing strong traffic trend: Based on the ongoing measures and in particular our market offensives in the Focus East regions – Eastern Europe, Middle and Far East, we have now reported five consecutive months of increasing and traffic results, partially achieving record levels. There is no doubt that the high fuel costs are putting a brake on the positive financial effects generated by this, but the boom in traffic and the resulting increase in market shares remain the prerequisites for overall improvement. We aim to occupy as strong a starting position for 2006 as possible in order to use our market strength more effectively still and to translate this into the appropriate results.

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