In line with traffic development in KLM`s second quarter (July-September), October traffic also increased by 2%, while capacity was at last year`s level. Consequently, overall load factor increased by 1.6 percentage points from 79.9% last year to 81.5% this year. Traffic growth was especially strong in the route areas Africa (+14%), Asia Pacific (+11%) and Europe (+7%).
Passenger traffic increased by 1%, while capacity decreased by 1%. As a result, passenger load factor increased by 1.4 percentage points to 82.2% this year. Passenger traffic growth was strong in the route areas Africa (+9%) and Europe (+8%). Business Class traffic was especially strong in all key geographic areas (North Atlantic, Europe, Asia Pacific) as well in Africa and exceeded Economy Class growth once again.
Cargo traffic increased by 5%, whereas capacity grew by 2%. Traffic growth was especially strong in the route area Africa (+25%), where capacity grew by 18%. Growth was also strong in the route area Asia Pacific (+16%), where cargo load factor reached a level of 86.3%.