February 2013 Traffic results


- Passenger: stable traffic and load factor
Cargo: reduced capacity and stable load factor
- Increase in unit revenues in both the passenger and cargo businesses

February 2013 comprised a day less than February 2012 (leap year), leading to a negative impact of around 3.4%, which offsets the positive comparison effect due to industrial action at Air France in February 2012.  

Passenger business
February 2013 saw stable traffic and capacity, as well as load factor at 80.4%. The group flew 5.34 million passengers the same number as in in February 2012. Unit revenues per available seat kilometre (RASK) ex-currency increased compared with February 2012.

  • On the Americas network traffic declined by 1.8% while capacity was reduced by 0.9%, leading to a 0.8 point drop in load factor to 83.8%. 
  • The Asia network recorded a rise of 4.4% in traffic for capacity up by 3.2%. The load factor gained one point to 85.4%.
  • On the Africa and Middle East network, traffic declined by 2.3% with capacity reduced by 2.7%. The load factor gained 0.3 points to 77.5%. 
  • The Caribbean and Indian Ocean network recorded a 4.7% drop in traffic, in line with the 4.8% drop in capacity. The load factor gained 0.2 points to 87.4%.
  • The European network, which was most affected by industrial action in February 2012, recorded a 2.0% increase in traffic for capacity up by 2.7%. The load factor stood at 68.6%, down 0.5 points.


Cargo business
In the context of Chinese New Year, cargo recorded a 4.3% decline in traffic, in line with a 4.2% reduction in capacity. The load factor was stable at 63.6%. Unit revenue per available tonne kilometre (RATK) ex-currency increased compared with February 2012.


Recent developments

  • Air France-KLM announced its Summer 2013 program. Capacity growth will be limited to 1.5% of which +2.4% on long-haul and -2.1% on medium-haul.  Long haul development will be focused on the most dynamic markets of Africa, Asia and Latin America. The medium-haul program reflects the planned changes under ‘Transform 2015’: 6% reduction in point-to-point, densification of rotations, reduction in turn-around times, and addition of seats on the B737s.
  • On 20th February 2013, Air France and three unions representing the cabin crew signed a statement of agreements, enabling the drafting of a new collective agreement facilitating the necessary productivity gains in the framework of Transform 2015. Between now and March 14, these three unions will consult their members on the content of this agreement.

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.

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