AIR FRANCE KLM June 2012 Traffic results


Passenger: strong rise in traffic (+4.6%) and load factor (+2.2 points) Cargo: decline in traffic (-2.8%) and load factor (-0.9 points)

In order to facilitate year on year comparison passenger data has been restated to include the passenger business of Martinair.

Passenger business
The passenger business recorded a rise in traffic of 4.6% for capacity up 1.9%, leading to a 2.2 point rise in load factor to 84.2%. The number of passengers stood at 6.90 million (+2.5%). Unit revenue per available seat kilometer progressed relative to June 2011.

  • On the Americas network, traffic and capacity were up respectively by 5.6% and 1.7%. The load factor improved by 3.4 points to 90.3%.
  • The Asia network still benefiting from the favourable comparison base (Japanese tsunami of March 2011), was extremely dynamic in June with a rise in traffic of 10.3% for capacity up 7.1%. The load factor stood at 87.1% (+2.6 points).
  • The Africa and Middle East network recorded a rise in traffic of 2.6% while capacity was down 2.0%.  The load factor gained 3.6 points to 80.8%.
  • On the Caribbean and Indian Ocean network, traffic and capacity declined respectively by 9.2% and 11.5%. The load factor rose 1.9 points to 76.3%.
  • European network traffic rose 3.8% for capacity up 5.6% due to the effect of the Provincial Bases. The load factor fell 1.3 points to 77.0%.

Cargo business
The decline in cargo traffic in June 2012 was more limited than in previous months. Capacity was reduced by 1.4% while traffic declined by 2.8%. The load factor stood at 63.9% (-0.9 points). Unit revenue per available tonne kilometre was down compared with 2011.

Recent developments

  • Air France inaugurated on 28 June a new boarding satellite, S4, at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Conceived by Aéroports de Paris, S4 has capacity for 7.8 million passengers per annum, and reinforces the Air France hub, the competitiveness of Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport on long-haul traffic and the quality of service offered to passengers. At the heart of S4, Air France welcomes Business class passengers in a new, 3,000 m² lounge, the largest in its network.
  • On 19th June KLM undertook its first biofuel-powered transatlantic flight, between Amsterdam and Rio, with a Boeing 777-200.
  • Air France and KLM launched, in partnership with Panasonic Avionics, a joint connectivity project on board their long-haul flights, with trials to commence at the beginning of 2013.
  • Middle East Airlines – Air Liban (MEA) joined SkyTeam, becoming its 17th member. MEA serves 30 international destinations in Africa, the Middle East and Europe and is the second SkyTeam in the Middle East, offering customers in the region access to a vast global network.


  • July 30th 2012 : First Half 2012 Results
  • August 7th 2012 : July 2012 Traffic


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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, 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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