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GOL's April load factor drops 4.5 points year-on-year

8th May 2009 - 18:32 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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.

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