AIRFRANCE KLM May 2013 traffic results


- Passenger: rise in traffic and load factor
- Cargo: capacity reduction and decline in load factor

During May 2013, the passenger business recorded a 4.7% increase in traffic for capacity up by 3.5%, driven by a base effect (1.4% reduction in capacity during May 2012). The load factor stood at 81.7%, up by 0.9 points. The group carried 6.8 million passengers (+3.9%). The group continues to maintain a tight control over capacity which, as announced, should only grow by 1.5% over the year.
Unit revenue per available seat kilometer (RASK) ex-currency was down relative to May 2012, having been negatively impacted by a calendar effect which penalized business traffic.

  • On the Americas network, traffic rose by 4.5% for capacity up by 3.4%, leading to a 0.9 point rise in load factor to a very high level of 87.6%. 
  • The Asia network saw a 5.3% increase in traffic for capacity up by 6.0%, the load factor losing 0.6 points to 81.4%.
  • On the Africa and Middle East network, traffic rose by 6.7% for capacity up by 8.5%, driven by a significant base effect (capacity reduction of 6.8% in May 2012). The load factor declined by 1.2 points to 74.0%.
  • The Caribbean and Indian Ocean network posted a 4.7% increase in traffic for capacity up by 4.5%. The load factor remained virtually stable at 81.0% (+0.2 points).
  • The European network saw traffic up by 3.5% for capacity down by 1.7%, the load factor reaching a very high 78.1%, up by 3.9 points. Within the framework of the medium-haul action plan, capacity on the French domestic network was down by 6.0%.

The cargo business posted a 6.4% decline in traffic for capacity down by 3.5%, the load factor falling by 1.9 points to 62.3%. Unit revenue per available tonne-kilometer (RATK) ex-currency was down versus May 2012.

Recent developments

  • As announced at the time of the launch, a progress review on the Transform 2015 plan is scheduled with the Air France unions during the second half of 2013. While the plan is on track, the turnaround in the medium-haul and cargo activities has been slowed by, notably, the difficult economic environment within Europe. Ahead of this update, a series of working groups are starting to review the initial results and potential measures. This preparatory work will enable discussions to be organized rapidly in the autumn.
  • As of September 2, Air France will operate three weekly frequencies in Airbus A380s to Shanghai-Pudong airport, thereby becoming the first European airline to serve the Chinese economic capital with its double-decker super jumbo aircraft. The Air France-KLM group is the European leader between China and Europe, operating 93 flights a week linking its Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol hubs to nine destinations in Greater China: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Canton, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen and Taipei.
  • Within the framework of its commitment to sustainable development, Air France completed the renewal of its 3,650 hold baggage containers on its long-haul aircraft. These new, lighter containers will enable annual savings of 2,500 tons of kerosene and an 8,000-ton reduction in CO2 emissions. For the eighth consecutive year, Dow Jones ranked Air France-KLM the air transport leader and a component of the DJSI index evaluating companies on their sustainability performance. 


  • July 5, 2013: June 2013 traffic
  • July 26, 2013: 2013 first-half results
  • August 7, 2013: July 2013 traffic

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.

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