September 2012 Traffic


- Passenger: rise in traffic (+0.9%) and unit revenue ex-currency
- Cargo: capacity adjustment (-4.5%) limits decline in load factor (-1.4 point)


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

Passenger business
In September 2012, traffic rose by 0.9% for capacity up by 0.8%. The load factor therefore remained stable at 85.2% (+0.1 point). The number of passengers amounted to 6.91 million (+0.5%). Unit revenue per available seat kilometer (RASK) ex-currency increased relative to September 2011.

  • On the Americas network, capacity was up 0.7%, with a 1.5% rise in traffic and a load factor up 0.8 points to 91.0%. 
  • The Asia network recorded a 1.1% rise in traffic for capacity up by 1.7%. The load factor declined by 0.6 points to 88.3%.
  • The Africa and Middle East network recorded declines in traffic and capacity of 1.9% and 2.7% respectively. The load factor, at 83.5%, was up by 0.7 points.
  • On the Caribbean and Indian Ocean network, traffic was down 3.3% and capacity by 3.7%. The load factor gained 0.3 points to 76.9%.
  • The European network saw a 3.0% rise in traffic for capacity up by 3.9% under the effect of the provincial bases. The load factor declined by 0.7 points to 77.5%.

Cargo business
The group continued to adjust its full-freighter schedule, leading to a 4.5% reduction in capacity. Traffic declined by 6.6%, with a 1.4 point deterioration in the load factor to 63.2%. Unit revenue per available ton kilometer (RATK) ex-currency was lower than in September 2011.

Recent developments

  • The group announced its Winter 2012-13 schedule, effective on 28th October. In line with the Transform 2015 plan, the group has opted to stabilize capacity relative to Winter 2011-12, with a 0.5% increase on long haul and a 0.5% reduction on medium-haul. This minimal rise on long-haul reflects a reduction in capacity to North America and the Middle East and a slight increase to Asia and Africa. 
  • Air France confirmed it will invest several hundred million euros to reposition its product and services at the highest level within the industry. On its medium-haul network, the company will introduce a new catering offer in Business and Premium Economy during the upcoming Winter season. In world premiere, the company will deploy, during 2013, a complimentary digital press service. This innovation will allow all passengers to upload daily press on their tablets and smartphones before boarding their flight. Finally as from 2014, the La Première and Business cabins on board the Company’s Boeing 777 aircraft will be progressively redesigned.
  • The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the main international index evaluating companies on their performance in terms of sustainable development, has once again ranked Air France-KLM air transport leader for the year 2012, for the 8th year running. Thanks to its performance, the group is also leader of the broader ‘Transport and leisure’ sector. This distinction ranks the 19 most responsible companies in the world, each in their own sector of activity.

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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