Air France-KLM reports rise in passenger traffic

7th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 7 (AFP) - Air France-KLM reported on Thursday that passenger traffic measured by miles travelled had risen by 7.8 percent in June on a 12-month basis on strong business on routes to the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

PARIS, July 7 (AFP) - Air France-KLM reported on Thursday that passenger traffic measured by miles travelled had risen by 7.8 percent in June on a 12-month basis on strong business on routes to the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The group, recently formed of a merger between Air France and the then failing Dutch airline KLM, said that it had increased its total seat capacity by 4.6 percent and that its seat occupancy rate, a key measure of profitability, had risen by 2.4 percentage points to 81.5 percent.

Traffic on the Americas routes had risen "strongly" by 11.2 percent. On these routes the seat capacity offered had been increased by 12.0 percent and the occupancy rate had fallen by 0.7 points to 88.4 percent.

On Asian routes, seat capacity had been increased by 1.9 percent and traffic had risen by 6.0 percent with the result that the occupancy rate had risen by 3.3 points to 84.5 percent.

On routes to Africa and the Middle East, traffic continued to "increase strongly", rising by 11.6 percent. On these routes seat capacity had been increased by 10.2 percent. The occupancy rate had risen by 0.9 points to 76.2 percent.

On routes to the Caribbean and Indian ocean, seat volume had been reduced by 9.5 percent. The occupancy rate rose by 7.7 percent to 75.9 percent and the amount of traffic carried had risen by 0.7 percent.

However, freight traffic continued to be sluggish owing to weakness of European exports, the airline said.

Carrying capacity offered had increased by 4.3 percent but traffic had fallen by 1.1 percent. The rate of capacity utilisation fell by 3.5 points to 64.7 percent.

© AFP

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