Air-France traffic boosted by biz travel

Passenger traffic for Air France-KLM rose 6.6 percent in March, thanks to stronger business travel.

The rise comes even though the Easter vacation falls later in April this year.

The airline has also said that capacity was 7.5 percent higher in March.

The company said traffic remained strong - above 7% - in the Americas, Asia and Africa and the Middle East.

However, the Chikungunya epidemic induced a decline in traffic in the Indian Ocean. Traffic in Europe rose 2.7 percent.


Air France and KLM made another amnnouncement concerning Internet check-in. Passengers can now check in on the Internet for flights operating to almost all destinations on the networks of both airlines.

Holders of an e-ticket can choose their seat number and print their boarding card at home or at their office. At the airport, they deposit their baggage at one of the dedicated baggage drop-off counters, or go straight to the boarding lounge.

By checking in online and printing their boarding cards at home, Air France and KLM customers will save time and enjoy their trip more.

“We are delighted to offer our passengers this new service, which covers the networks of both Air France and KLM,” declared Bruno Matheu, Executive Vice President Marketing and Network at Air France.

“This new step in the customer service chain is part of the Group’s development strategy. We can now offer our passengers a comprehensive service, a dense extensive network, and coordinated products and services.”

“Passengers of both airlines already benefit from a host of advantages thanks to the merger of Air France and KLM: combined network and fares, the single Flying Blue frequent flyer program, joint lounges, online check-in, etc ... It is clear that the Group will continue to take other initiatives in this area in the coming months and years,” added Paul Gregorowitsch,  Executive Vice President Commercial of KLM