Air France-KLM reports 1.2 pct YOY traffic growth in August

Europe’s largest airline group Air France-KLM registered a 1.2 percent growth in passenger traffic in August driven by the strong performance of its North American destinations, the company said on Monday.

In August, the airline carried 7.867 million passengers, 1 percent more than in the same month in 2018. The load factor (or how full a flight is) decreased by 0.4 percent to 90.2 percent, according to the French-Dutch joint venture’s figures.

With a 4.2 percent growth in passenger network activity, the airline’s Latin American destinations were the star performers, followed by the North American destinations, which attracted 3.8 percent more passengers over the same period.

Meanwhile, political unrest and wars in certain African and Middle East countries appear to have kept passengers away. These destinations had attracted 3.3 percent fewer passengers in August than in the same month in 2018.

In Air France-KLM’s cargo business, the load factor stood at 53.7 percent, down from 56.8 percent.