AIR FRANCE KLM February 2012 Traffic results
Passenger: 6.2% rise in traffic and 2.8 point gain in load factor. Cargo: traffic down 5.1% and 4 point decline in load factor
To facilitate year on year comparisons, passenger data since November 2011 has been restated to include the passenger business of Martinair.
February activity was affected by strike action at Air France. Elsewhere, the extra day relative to February 2011 represented an additional 3.5% of activity.
Passenger businessFebruary 2012 passenger activity posted a 6.2% increase in traffic for capacity up by 2.5%, leading to a 2.8 point improvement in load factor to 80.5%. Passenger numbers stood at 5.34 million (+5.0%). Unit revenue per available seat kilometre (RASK) was up, but was not sufficient to offset the increase in the fuel bill.
- On the Americas network, traffic increased by 13.1% and capacity by 4.8%, leading to a 6.1 point gain in the load factor to 84.5%. While the increase in capacity was primarily linked to the Latin American network, the increase in traffic occurred on both the North and Latin American networks.
- The Asia network posted a traffic increase in line with that of capacity (+1.6% and +1.9% respectively), with the load factor virtually unchanged at 84.3% (-0.3 point).
- The Africa and Middle East network saw a 6.9% increase in traffic with capacity up by 3.1% thanks to the dynamic Africa network. As a result, the load factor gained 2.7 points to 77.2%.
- On the Caribbean and Indian Ocean network, traffic rose by 1.1% for a 0.6% reduction in capacity, the load factor gaining 1.4 points to 87.2%.
- The European network, most affected by the strike action, recorded a traffic increase of 4.9% for capacity up by 1.2%. The load factor stood at 69.1%, up 2.4 points.
Cargo recorded a 5.1% fall in traffic for a very limited increase in capacity (+0.8%), leading to a 4.0 points decline in load factor to 63.7%. Unit revenue per available tonne kilometre ex-currency (RATK) was down relative to February 2011 on the back of the decline in volumes, but unit revenue per revenue ton-kilometre held up well.
- Air France-KLM announced its Summer 2012 Schedule with capacity growth limited to 0.6%, of which +0.8% in long haul and -0.2 % in medium haul excluding the provincial bases. Including the launch of the Marseille, Toulouse and Nice bases, where the Group’s medium-haul business will see a 3.0% increase, total capacity will increase to 1.4%.
- KLM and Kenya Airways will shortly launch a twice-weekly joint cargo service between Nairobi and the Guangdong industrial zone in China. They are the first carriers to offer a non-stop cargo service between Africa and China.
- Air France is pursuing the development of its Marseille base with the launch of a twice-weekly non-stop service to Berlin, increasing the number of destinations served on departure from Marseille this summer to 34.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world's oldest airline operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands names and hubs —Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The two airlines collaborate on three core activities while maintaining their own identities — passenger transport, cargo, transport, and aircraft maintenance.
In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group which further includes KLM cityhopper and transavia.com. KLM serves 135 destinations using a modern fleet of 157 aircraft and employs over 33,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, which offers reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation.
KLM is a member of SkyTeam, an airline alliance offering a network of 926 destinations in more than 173 countries. The KLM network connects the Netherlands to every important economic region around the world and, as such, serves as a powerful driver for the Dutch economy.