The Company carried roughly 165 thousand passengers on international flights in May. The number of passengers was up by 22% as compared to May last year. The passenger load factor was 82.2% and improved by 5.0 percentage points between years. This is a record number of passengers and load factor for the month of May. The largest increase in passenger numbers was on the Trans-Atlantic market and amounted to 31%. The increase in number of tourists visiting Iceland was 26%, thereof totalled the increase in number of tourists from N-America 58%. The number of tourists from N-America has more than doubled in the last 2 years. The increase is mainly driven by new flights to Denver, Washington and Seattle.
Passengers on regional flights and Greenland flights were approximately 29 thousand in May, which was a 9% increase from May last year. The load factor was 70.1%, increasing by 5.6 percentage points compared to May 2011. Sold block hours in charter flights decreased by 23% in May. The decrease is due to one less aircraft being deployed in charter cargo flights than in May last year. Cargo transport increased by 31% year-on-year. The number of available room nights at our Hotels was up by 32% from previous year. The room utilization was 71.1%, 0.2 percentage points lower than in May 2011.