Amstelveen,
08
February
2011
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01:00
Europe/Amsterdam

AIR FRANCE KLM January 2011 Traffic results

Summary

- Passenger: rise in traffic (+4.8%) and load factor (+1.1 point)
- Cargo: rise in traffic (+2.4%) and stable load factor

January 2010 was disrupted by snowfall, and a two day strike by air traffic controllers in France, which particularly affected medium-haul, thereby creating a favourable comparison basis.

Passenger business
In January 2011 passenger traffic rose 4.8% with capacity up 3.3%, leading to a 1.1 point gain in the load factor to 79.2%. The number of passengers rose 6.7% to 5.4 million. Nevertheless, unit revenues, although higher than last year, saw a levelling-off. Elsewhere, the geopolitical situation in a number of countries (Ivory Coast, Sahelian region, Tunisia and Egypt) is weighing on revenues.

  • On the Americas network, traffic and capacity rose by 1.3% and 1.7% respectively. The load factor declines slightly to 83.4% (-0.3 points).
  • The Asia network remained dynamic with traffic up 7.4% for capacity up by 6.4%. The load factor gained 0.7 points to 85.4%.
  • The Africa and Middle East network saw traffic up 2.8%, in line with capacity (+2.7%). The load factor remained stable at 76.4%.
  • The Caribbean and Indian Ocean network enjoyed a robust level of activity with traffic up 5.4% for stable capacity (+0.2%). The load factor progressed strongly to reach the high level of 84.8% (+4.2 points).
  • On the European network, traffic rose 9.3% and capacity by 4.5%. In consequence, the load factor improved 2.8 points to 64.4%.

Cargo business
In January 2011, cargo traffic rose in line with capacity (by 3.4% and 3.3% respectively). The load factor was stable at 64.3%. Unit revenue was compared with January 2010 which already benefited from a more favourable operating environment.

Recent developments
On February 1st, Transavia operated 8 additional flights to Egypt to repatriate 1,500 Dutch tourists.

Middle East Airlines and Saudi Arabia Airlines will shortly join SkyTeam.
SkyTeam will launch an iPhone application available for all passengers travelling on alliance flights.
Air France launched an exclusive news programme on long-haul flights produced by Euronews.

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About KLM
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world’s oldest airline still 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 and hubs – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Retaining its own identity, the group focuses on three core businesses: passenger transport, cargo and aircraft maintenance.

In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group, which further includes KLM Cityhopper, transavia.com and Martinair. KLM serves all its destinations using a modern fleet and employs over 33,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, offering reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation.

KLM is a member of the global SkyTeam airline alliance, offering customers an extensive worldwide network. The KLM network connects the Netherlands to every important economic region in the world and, as such, serves as a powerful driver for the economy.

About SkyTeam
SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive worldwide network offering more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles throughout the SkyTeam network. SkyTeam member airlines offer customers access to over 490 lounges worldwide.

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