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

Over KLM
De Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij is in 1919 opgericht en de oudste, nog onder haar oorspronkelijke naam opererende, luchtvaartmaatschappij ter wereld. In 2004 fuseerden Air France en KLM tot AIR FRANCE KLM. Zo ontstond een sterke Europese luchtvaartgroep, gebaseerd op twee krachtige merken en hubs, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol en Parijs Charles de Gaulle. Met behoud van eigen identiteit richt de groep zich op 3 kernactiviteiten: vervoer van passagiers, vracht en vliegtuigonderhoud.

In Nederland vormt KLM de kern van de KLM Groep waar ook KLM cityhopper en transavia.com deel van uitmaken. KLM bedient al haar bestemmingen met een moderne vloot en is met ruim 33.000 medewerkers wereldwijd actief. Een speler die voorop staat in de luchtvaartindustrie, met een betrouwbare operatie, die met bezieling en op een duurzame manier innoveert in klantgerichte producten.

KLM is lid van SkyTeam, de luchtvaartalliantie die een wereldwijd netwerk aanbiedt aan al haar klanten. Het netwerk van KLM verbindt alle belangrijke economische regio’s in de wereld met Nederland en is daarmee een stimulans voor de economie.

Over SkyTeam
SkyTeam is een wereldwijde luchtvaartalliantie die de klanten van de aangesloten luchtvaartmaatschappijen een uitgebreid wereldwijd netwerk biedt met meer bestemmingen, meer frequenties en meer verbindingen. Passagiers kunnen bij alle SkyTeam Member airlines frequent flyer Miles sparen en besteden. De SkyTeam Member airlines bieden hun klanten meer dan 490 lounges wereldwijd. 

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