Swiss International Air Lines saw passenger numbers rise nearly six percent in the first quarter of the year, the airline said on Tuesday.
The airline transported 3,432,658 passengers in the first three months of 2011, a 5.9 percent increase compared to the 3,242,591 of the same period last year.
The national carrier said its total number of operated flights in the same period were also up 7.1 percent to 36,956 flights. Its seat load factor, or seat occupancy rate, stood at 76.4 percent, slightly down compared to 78.3 percent recorded for the same period a year ago.
In the month of March, Swiss carried 1,242,726 passengers, a 4.4 percent improvement on the 1,190,823 of the same month last year. The 77.2 percent systemwide seat load factor was 4 percentage points down compared to March 2010, owing also to the political unrest in North Africa and the uncertainties in Japan, the airline said.