Buoyant passenger activity:
6.9% growth in traffic
1.4 point improvement in load factor to 77.7%
Air France-KLM recorded a strong level of activity in May, driven by buoyant traffic both on long-haul routes (up 6.7%) and on European routes (up 7.5%).
Overall, traffic grew 6.9% on 4.9% higher capacity. Load factor gained 1.4 points to reach 77.7%. In May, Air France-KLM carried over 5.9 million passengers (up 6.7%). The Americas posted a strong increase in traffic (up 12.3%) in line with capacity (up 11.1%). Load factor reached 84.2% (up 1 point). Asia continued to achieve a good performance with load factor increasing by 1.8 points to 79.4 as traffic grew 4.9% on 2.5% higher capacity.
The Africa & Middle-East network also posted a strong increase in traffic (up 7.2%) and in capacity ( up 11.7%). Load factor stood at 69.5% (down 3.0 points).
On the Caribbean & Indian Ocean sector, load factor improved by 1.1 points to 78.3%, as traffic decreased by 5.8% on 7.1% lower capacity. The medium-haul network also posted a strong performance with traffic increasing by 7.5% for a 1.8% rise in capacity. Load factor improved strongly (up 3.8 points) to reach 72.0%. The level of unit revenue remains satisfactory.
In May, Air France-KLM posted a 1.3% decrease in cargo traffic while capacity was up 6.6%. Cargo load factor fell 5.1 points to 63.8%. These figures reflect the weakness of European exports.