AIR FRANCE KLM January 2012 Traffic results
Passenger: 3.7% rise in traffic and 2.5 gain in load factor.
Cargo: traffic down 10.3% and 3 points decline in load factor.
In order to facilitate year on year comparisons passenger data since November 2011 has been restated to include the passenger business of Martinair.
January passenger activity remained on a positive trend with traffic up 3.7% for a 0.6% rise in capacity, leading of a 2.5 point gain in load factor to 81.6%. Passenger numbers stood at 5.75 million (+5.3%). The rise in unit revenue per available seat kilometer (RASK) was however insufficient to offset the increase in the fuel bill.
- On the Americas network the 3.8% increase in capacity was mainly driven by Latin America, with North America having recorded a capacity reduction. Traffic rose on both networks, (+8.3%). The load factor therefore gained 3.7 points.
- The timing of Chinese New Year in January this year, as well as the ongoing effects of last year’s disaster in Japan saw a 2.3% decline in both traffic and capacity on the Asia network. The load factor remained stable at 85.3%.
- The Africa and Middle East network saw a 2.1% increase in traffic with capacity down 2.8%. The load factor therefore gained 3.9 points to 80.5%. The Africa network continues to recover, while the Middle East remains affected by political instability.
- On the Caribbean and Indian Ocean network, traffic rose 0.5% with capacity down by 0.5%. The load factor gained 0.9 points to 85.5%.
- The European network saw traffic up 8.1% for capacity up by 2.3%. The load factor stood at 68.2% (+3.6 points).
Cargo recorded a sharp drop in traffic (-10.3%) linked to the weak economy and the timing of CNY. A 6.0% reduction in capacity limited the decline in load factor to 3 points at 61.4%. Unit revenues ex-currency were down on January 2011.
- Air France has continued to invest in its Business class cabin to offer its customers the best of French lifestyle. In this way, Air France is continuing to enhance its in-flight menu, with dishes designed by top chef Joël Robuchon, as well as its cabin interior with the introduction of a new "full-sleep" seat.
- Air France now partners BlueNext, the world’s leading environmental trading exchange for CO2 emissions.
- KLM has announced the resumption of four weekly non-stop flights between Amsterdam and Quito. Flights previously stopped off in Bonaire.
- KLM launched a new service, 'Meet & Seat' allowing passengers to choose who they sit next to via Facebook and Linkedin.
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.