AIRFRANCE KLM April 2013 traffic results


Passenger: 2.3% rise in traffic
Cargo: slight improvement in load factor

The April 2013 passenger business recorded a 2.3% rise in traffic for capacity up by 2.9% on the back of the opening of new long-haul routes. The load factor stood at 82.8% (-0.4 points). The group carried 6.6 million passengers (+1.9%). Unit revenue par available seat kilometre (RASK) ex-currency was stable versus April 2012.

  • On the Americas network traffic rose by 3.2% for capacity up by 4.3% (opening of Minneapolis in the United States and Montevideo in Uruguay as well as strong increase in capacity to Rio de Janeiro), leading to a one point decline in load factor to 87.0%.
  • The Asia network also saw significant capacity development with routes to Fukuoka (Japan) and Kuala-Lumpur (Malaysia) as well as added capacity to China. Overall capacity therefore increased by 8.8%, a rise which was almost matched by traffic (+8.2%).  The load factor stood at 84.9% (-0.4 points).
  • On the Africa and Middle East network, traffic declined by 0.9% for capacity up by 2.0%. The load factor gave up 2.3 points to 78.3%. 
  • The Caribbean and Indian Ocean network recorded a 6.8% decline in capacity. Traffic was down by 5.7%, leading to a one point rise in load factor to 84.7%.
  • The European network saw traffic up by 0.8% for capacity up by 0.5%. The load factor stood at 76.4%, up by 0.3 points. 


In April 2013 the decline in cargo traffic was inferior to the reduction in capacity (-4.6% and -5.0% respectively).  The load factor gained 0.3 points to 64.4%. Unit revenue per available tonne kilometre (RATK) ex-currency was down versus April 2012.

Recent developments
 Air France-KLM and Etihad reinforced their code sharing agreements for the Summer 2013 season on flights to Australia for the group, and certain European destinations for Etihad.

Air France became the first airline to launch a digital press service via iPad, giving passengers access to free downloads of a selection of newspapers and magazines.


  • 16th May 2013: Annual General Meeting at Carrousel du Louvre (Paris). All related documents are available on the Annual General Meeting page of: www.airfranceklm-finance.com.
  • 7th June 2013: May 2013 traffic
  • 5th July 2013: June 2013 traffic
  • 26th July 2013: First Half 2013 results

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
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