KLM traffic remains flat in October

NETHERLANDS. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines recorded passenger traffic on the same level as 2002 in October, but with traffic on Asia Pacific routes fully recovering from SARS to be up +4% year-on-year in the month.

Total KLM passenger traffic (measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres or RPKs) was at the same level as last year on -1% lower capacity (measured in Available Seat Kilometres or ASKs). On intercontinental routes, business class travel increased by +4% year-on-year on a +2% increase in capacity.

European traffic edged up by +4% year-on-year in October, whereas capacity increased by +3% and load factor increased by +1.3 percentage points, to 78.6%.

North Atlantic traffic slipped -11% year-on-year, while traffic on Asia Pacific routes increased by +4%, the highest increase recorded since February. Load factor on Asia Pacific routes was up by +1.1 percentage point to 87.9%.

On the Central and South Atlantic routes, traffic recovered from last month’s low level (down -9% year-on-year) and increased by +3% year-on-year in October. Capacity increased by +3%, which stabilised load factor at 78.1%.

KLM said Middle East and South Asia traffic was up +9% year-on-year in October and traffic on Africa routes edged up +4%.

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