Alitalia boosted international passenger volumes 3.4% in 2013, the result, it says, of a rejig of its scheduled operations at its Rome Fiumicino base.
Load factors on the Italian flag carrier’s international network increased two percentage points to 74.8%.
Passenger numbers on Central and South American routes to Buenos Aires, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo rose 3.6% compared with 2012. One growth market the airline highlights is Brazil, where the carrier transported more than 311,000 passengers last year: a 6% increase. Alitalia believes this will be boosted further this year by Brazil’s hosting of the soccer World Cup and by the airline’s commercial partnership with Gol.
On North American routes, Alitalia’s load factors rose 1.6 percentage points to 81.6%.
The Italian national carrier says the positive results are down to completion of its reorganisation and optimisation of arrival and departure schedules at its Rome Fiumicino hub at the end of October.
“The indicators of these first weeks confirmed the company expectations in terms of traffic flows and flight loads. In particular, since the project began, the load factor on flights to/from Rome Fiumicino grew by nearly three percentage points over the same period last year, from 66% to 69%,” says Alitalia.