Air France posted satisfactory performance for April, the first month of the summer 2001 schedule:
* Capacity: up 7.6% in ASK (available seat-km)
* Traffic: up 6.5% in RPK (revenue passenger-km)
* Load factor: 79.3% (down 0.8 points)
During April, unit revenue is similar to that of the previous fiscal year. Bookings for the months to come are satisfactory
** Long-haul flights
Long-haul traffic grew 7.7% for a 9.5% increase in capacity. The load factor remained at a very high level of 82% (down 1.4 points).
* Capacity on North American routes increased substantially (up 11.1%), and traffic rose 6.5%. The load factor decreased but reached a very high level of 80.1% (down 3.5 points).
* In the Latin American sector, capacity increased substantially (up 19.1%) and traffic rose 14.9%. The load factor dropped 2.9 points to 78.2%.
* On Asian routes, capacity rose 5.1% and traffic grew by 1.6%. The load factor stood at 79.3% (down 2.7 points).
* Both capacity and traffic on Africa/Middle East routes grew, capacity by 11.6% and traffic by 8.6%. The load factor was 80.3% (down 2.3 points).
* Traffic on Caribbean/Indian Ocean routes grew 12.3% for a 7.6% increase in capacity. The load factor gained 3.8 points, to 89.5%.
** International medium-haul flights
Traffic grew 3.6% for a 4.0% increase in capacity. The load factor remained stable at 70.6% (down 0.3 points).
** Medium-haul domestic flights
Traffic on domestic routes increased 2.2% for a stable capacity (up 0.3%). The load factor increased by 1.3 points to 72.6%
** Cargo Operations
With a decreased capacity of 1.8%, cargo traffic dropped by 3.3% and the load factor lost one point at 65%, with a more noticeable downturn on Asian routes. Estimated unit revenue should drop slightly.