Zurich Airport: More than 31 million passengers for the first time
11.01.2019, In 2018, 31.1 million passengers passed through Zurich Airport, corresponding to an increase of 5.8%. The number of flight movements was 3.0% higher than in 2017. Despite an increase in seat capacity and due to the use of larger aircraft, the seat load factor went up by 0.6 percentage points.
The number of local passengers rose by 5.6% to 22 million in 2018. The transfer passenger share increased from 28.3% in 2017 to 28.4% in 2018 as the number of transfer passengers at Zurich Airport went up by 6.4% to 8.8 million.
The average number of passengers per flight rose from 124.3 to 127.2. This was supported by a 5.0% rise in seat supply and a 0.6 percentage point increase in seat load factor to 77.9%.
Overall, there were 278'458 flight movements at Zurich Airport in 2018, corresponding to an increase of 3.0% compared to previous year's figure. Swiss International Air Lines’ share of air traffic amounted to 53.9%, followed by Edelweiss Air (5.9%), Easyjet (3.4%) and Eurowings (3.4%).
There was a 0.6% increase in freight volume in 2018 versus 2017. During the year under review, a total of 493'222 tons of freight passed through Zurich Airport.
Key traffic figures Zurich Airport December, 2018
In December, 2'305'019 passengers passed through Zurich Airport, corresponding to an increase of 6.1% compared to last year.
Local passengers increased by 5.6% to 1'609'275 in December 2018. The transfer rate is at 30.0% in the month under review (+0.4 percentage points vs. previous year) and transfer passengers increased by 7.7% to 690'980.
In December 2018, air traffic movements increased to 21'260 (+5.8% vs. previous year). The average passenger per movement figure increased to 120.2 (+1.5% vs. previous year). The average seat load factor is at 73.0% (-2.0 percentage points vs. previous year).
In December 2018, a total of 41'193 tons of freight were transported at Zurich Airport. This corresponds to a decrease in freight volume of 5.3% compared to last year.
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