GOL's April load factor drops 4.5 points year-on-year
GOL has released its preliminary traffic figures for April 2009.
Available seat kilometres (ASK) totalled 3,088,600, down by 15.4% from 3,650,200 in April 2008. Revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) fell 21.4% to 1,811,600 from 2,305,600. The resultant load factor for April was 58.7%, down 4.5 percentage points from 63.2%in April last year.
Demand on GOL’s route network increased for the second consecutive month, mainly due to three extended holidays in April – Easter, Tiradentes Day and Labour Day (while Labour Day was officially 1 May, the Friday holiday promoted travel on 30 April). With only Tiradentes Day celebrated in April in 2008, there is a slight variation in monthly air traffic seasonality. Historically, the second quarter experiences lower demand as it is the only quarter with no peak holiday periods.