Passenger: rise in traffic (+6.8%) and load factor (+3.8 points). Cargo: decline in traffic (-3.4%) and load factor (-2 points).
In order to facilitate year on year comparisons passenger data has been restated to include the passenger business of Martinair.
Activity in March benefited from a favourable comparison basis due to the Japanese tsunami and the political crisis in Ivory Coast last year.
Passenger activity in March 2012 recorded a 6.8% rise in traffic for capacity up by 1.8%. The load factor improved by 3.8 points to 82.5%. The number of passengers rose 6.3% to 6.37 millions. Unit revenue per available seat kilometer (RASK) ex-currency improved in a context of a sharp rise in the fuel price.
On the Americas network, traffic was up 9.7% and capacity by 2.5%, leading to a 5.8 point gain in load factor to the high level of 88.2%.
Asia network comparatives benefited from the impact on last year’s data of the Japanese tsunami, and recorded a 6.0% rise in traffic for capacity up by 1.8%. The load factor improved by 3.4 points to 86.7%.
The Africa and Middle East network saw a 9.3% rise in traffic for capacity up by 2.8%. The load factor gained 4.7 points to 78.9%.
On the Caribbean and Indian Ocean network, traffic and capacity declined by 1.7% and 2.3% respectively. The load factor improved slightly, by 0.5 points to 84.1%.
Traffic on the European network rose 7.2% for capacity up by 2.7%. The load factor stood at 71.9% (+3.0 points).
Cargo recorded a 3.4% drop in traffic for capacity down by 0.6%. The load factor declined by 2.0 points to 69.2%. Unit revenue per available ton kilometer (RATK) ex-currency was stable relative to March 2011.
Air France continues its commercial drive from Nice and Toulouse, having inaugurated on 1st and 3rd April, 18 new routes to Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. The target is to transport, in one year, two million additional passengers from its three bases, Marseille, Toulouse and Nice.
Air France unveiled, with Aéroports de Paris, an ambitious development plan for its Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub. In Summer 2012, Air France will welcome its passengers in new infrastructures, with improved connections and upgraded facilities.
Air France and KLM launched ‘SkyPriority’ on 26th March in both the hubs of Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol as well as Paris-Orly. Via a harmonized ground service throughout the world, SkyTeam premium passengers benefit from numerous advantages from the point of check-in until luggage delivery.
Air France-KLM is pursuing the development of its offer towards Africa. KLM inaugurated on 27th March a new route to Luanda, Angola. Air France announced a daily flight to Abuja, Nigeria from June 4th 2012.
Air France deployed the Airbus A380 on the Singapore route. In Summer 2012, seven destinations will be served by Air France with an A380: New York JFK, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Montreal, Johannesburg, Tokyo-Narita et Singapore.
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 transavia.com. 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.