AIR FRANCE KLM September 2011 Traffic results


Passenger: Rise in traffic (+9.3%), 1.5 point improvement in load factor to 85.2%. 
Cargo: 3.4% decline in traffic, 3 point decline in load factor to 64.7%.

Passenger business
Traffic progressed by 9.3% for capacity up by 7.5%, leading to an improvement in load factor of 1.5 points  to 85.2%. Capacity grew by only 5.2% taking into account the impact of the air traffic control strikes of  September 2010, cabin configuration changes on some B777s, and the progressive take-over of capacities operated by Martinair. The number of passengers stood at 6.86 millions, up by 8.4%. Unit revenue per available seat kilometer (RASK) excluding currency was slightly up on September 2010. However, given the volatility of recent months and based on currently available indicators, activity in October could be less dynamic.

  • On the Americas network, traffic rose 12.2% for capacity up by 10.8%. The load factor gained 1.1 points to 90.6%.
  • The Asia network remained dynamic. Traffic (+9.7%) kept pace with the rise in capacity (+9.4%), leading to a load factor of 88.8% (+0.3 points). Traffic to Japan returned to the level of September 2010, but unit revenue remained below pre-crisis.
  • The Africa and Middle East network saw traffic rise by 2.9% for capacity down by 1.3%. The load factor gained 3.4 points to 82.9%. Traffic to/from Ivory Coast recovered strongly, but less so on Egyptian routes.
  • On the Caribbean and Indian Ocean network, traffic was up by 6.4% for capacity up by 4.7%. The load factor gained 1.2 points to 76.6%.
  • The European network saw the cancellation of 1,300 flights in September 2010, leading to a favorable comparison basis. Traffic progressed by 9.5% for capacity up by 7.3%. The load factor gained 1.6 points to 78.2%.


Cargo business
Cargo traffic declined by 3.4% for capacity up by 1.0%. The load factor declined by 3 points to 64.7%. Unit revenues per available ton kilometer (RATK) excluding currency was slightly down versus September 2010.

Recent developments

  • The Air France-KLM group presented its Winter 2011 schedule (November 2011-March 2012). The rise in capacity is planned at 3.4% including a mechanical 0.7% rise linked to the 29 days in February next year. Long haul capacity is planned to rise by 1.9% excluding calendar effect, mainly targeted at Latin America and Asia. The rise in capacity on medium-haul of 6.2% is linked to the launch of the Marseilles base (which offers 13 new destinations of which ten international), as well as the reorganization of the Amsterdam hub banks in Summer 2011. Excluding the launch of the Marseille base and the calendar effect, the underlying medium-haul rise is limited to 1.7%. The group also 2/3 announced that it will limit the rise in long-haul capacity for the Summer and Winter 2012 seasons to 3.0%.
  • Air France-KLM announced an order for 110 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, of which 50 firm orders and 60 options. This order is mainly aimed at replacing aircraft nearing end of life. First deliveries will take place in 2016, and will be spread over a period of some ten years.
  • Air France-KLM was confirmed as member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World and European indices and leader in the aviation sector for the seventh consecutive year. In addition, it was recognized for the third year running as super-sector leader in the broader “Travel and Leisure” sector.
  • China Airlines officially joined the SkyTeam Alliance on 28th September 2011, becoming its 15th member.


8th November 2011 at 8h00 CET: October 2011 traffic
9th November 2011 at 17h45 CET: Half Year Results (April-September 2011)
9th November 2011 at 18h00 CET: Press conference


About KLM

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 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. facebook klm twitter klm blog.klm

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