Air France-KLM traffic up 9.3% in September

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Air France-KLM recorded a 9.3% year-on-year rise in passenger traffic on a 7.5% growth in capacity for September.

This resulted in a 1.5 percentage point increase in load factor to 85.2%. Passenger numbers for the month rose 8.4% to 6.86 million.

A strong RPK growth with the highest load factors came on routes to the Americas, with traffic rising 12.2% against a capacity increase of 10.8% and load factor increasing by 1.1 percentage points to 90.6%.

The Asian network reported a traffic increase of 9.7% on a 9.4% growth in capacity. Load factor rose 0.3 points to 88.8%. Traffic to Japan returned to the level of September 2010, but unit revenue remained below pre-crisis levels, said the carrier.

The Caribbean and Indian Ocean network reported a 6.4% increase in traffic on a 4.7% growth in capacity. The load factor gained 1.2 percentage points to 76.6%.

Traffic to and from Africa and the Middle East increased 6.4% while capacity declined 1.3% and the load factor rose 3.4 percentage points to 82.9%.

European rose by 9.5% on a 7.3% growth in capacity, leading to a 1.6 percentage point increase in load factor to 78.2%.

Cargo traffic was down 3.4% against a capacity increase of 1%, while the load factor reached 64.7%, down 3 percentage points.