Iberia achieves a coefficient of occupation from 82.2 per cent in 2010 occupancy has increased 2.4 percentage points in the accumulated this year compared to 2009. In December, the demand on long-haul routes grew by 9.7 percent over the same month of the previous year, and 12.2 percent in Latin America. Madrid, January 18, 2011 Iberia today released traffic for the month of December and the cumulative 2010 data. The most remarkable data has been occupation coefficient increased by 2.4 percentage points during 2010 over the previous year, thus reaching the 82.2 percent. In the month of December, the number of passengers transported (PKT) in the whole of the network increased by 3.7 percent, with an increase of 4.5 percent in the volume of supply, measured in offered asientos-kilometro (AKO), stood at 78.4 per cent occupation coefficient, 0.6 percentage points lower than the previous year. December traffic was negatively affected by the closure of the airspace Spanish as a result of the strike of air traffic controllers of days 3 and 4, as well as the temporary cold and snow that occurred in Europe during the last third of the month, that forced to cancel numerous flights. In the long-haul sector in December traffic increased 9.7 percent compared to 2009, with a 12.9 percent rise in the volume of supply, and a drop of 2.4 points in the employment rate, which stood at 82, 0%.
In the whole of Latin America the AKO increased 15.8 percent, improving demand a 12.2 per cent. The employment rate reached 82.7 percent, 2.6 points less than the previous year. On North America flights occupation level fell 2.0 points and stood at 81.9 percent, by reducing demand (- 1.7 percent) with a 0.7 percent higher than the December 2009 offer. Flights from Europe were most affected by the cancellations. Thus, the coefficient of occupancy declined 1.0 point with relation to the previous year, reaching 68.5 per cent, with decreases of 9.9 per cent in demand and from 8.6 per cent in the offered capacity. Considering only with source or destination Madrid European flights, the PKT and AKO decreased a 10.3 per cent and a 9.0 percent, respectively, down 1.0 point the level of occupation. In Africa and Middle East occupation level improved 1.6 points, reaching the 75.2 percent, to increase by 2.0 percent the number of PKT, offering a similar to that of the previous year.