OCTOBER 2004 TRAFFIC
Strong passenger activity: traffic up 6.4%
Buoyant cargo activity: traffic up 10.5%
Air France-KLM Group passenger activity remained strong in October with a 6.4% increase in traffic on 5.9% higher capacity. The load factor reached 79.5%, up 0.4 points. The Group carried more than 5.7 million passengers in October (up 2.1%).
Transatlantic routes continued to post sustained growth in traffic (up 9.3%) with a 2.5-point improvement in the load factor (86.0%). Activity remained buoyant in Asia, although the substantial growth in traffic (up 13.0%) was lower than the 17.9% increase in capacity. The load factor stood at the high level of 83.4% (down 3.6 points). The situation remained satisfactory on the Africa & Middle-East network with traffic increasing by 4.4% on 4.8% higher capacity. The load factor stood at 77.7% (down 0.3 points). On the Caribbean & Indian Ocean network, the load factor gained 4.5 points to reach 81.1%, as traffic grew by 1.2% against a 4.5% decrease in capacity.
On the European medium-haul network (including the French domestic market), traffic remained virtually stable (up 0.3%) while capacity grew by 2.6%.The load factor stood at 68.5% (down 1.6 points).
Both airlines posted a good performance in October:
Air France’s load factor improved by 0.5 points to 77.3% as traffic increased by 6.2% on 5.5% higher capacity.
KLM’s traffic increased by 6.7% in line with capacity. The load factor remained stable at 83.3%.
In October, Air France-KLM cargo activity also posted a good performance. The load factor gained 1.3 points to 71.5% thanks to a 10.5% increase in traffic on 8.4% higher capacity.
Air France’s cargo traffic increased by 11.8% for a 9.3% rise in capacity. Cargo load factor reached 66.6%, up 1.5 points.
KLM’s cargo traffic grew by 8.8% on 7.1% higher capacity. Cargo load factor stood at 78.7%, up 1.2 points.