Traffic in RPK (revenue passenger kilometers) continued to improve in spite of the air traffic controllers` strike which lasted from 7 pm on Wednesday 5 December to 7 am on Friday 7 December. The drop in traffic was limited to 2.2% against 7.2% in November.
** Passenger Operations
Overall, operating statistics for December were as follows:
* Capacity: down 1.9% in ASK (available seat-km)
* Traffic: down 2.2% in RPK (revenue passenger-km)
* Load factor: 72.6% (down 0.3 points)
Unit revenue per available seat-km (excluding currency and network mix effects) for the past month is back to last year`s level.
The satisfactory results in December enabled Air France to limit the drop in traffic to 6.5% (for stable capacity of 0.1%) and the drop in load factor by 5 points (70.6%) for the 3rd quarter.
** Long-haul network
In December, capacity on the long-haul network grew 0.7% for a 0.4% rise in traffic. The load factor dropped slightly by 0.2 points to 75.7%.
* On North American routes, capacity was reduced by 16.2% for a 9% drop in traffic. The load factor improved by 5.9 points to 74.9%.
* In Latin America, traffic rose 17.4% for a 23.3% increase in capacity. The load factor fell by 3.7 points to 73.7%.
* On Asian routes, traffic grew 0.4% for a 2.1% increase in capacity. The load factor reached 76.6% (down 1.3 points).
* In the Africa/Middle East sector, traffic rose 13.6% against a 14.8% increase in capacity. The load factor dropped slightly by 0.8 points to 76.4%. The African network continued to post a strong commercial performance, with an increase in capacity and traffic of 26.8% and 22.3% respectively. The load factor remained high at 80.1% (down 2.9 points). Operations in the Middle East stabilized, with a 9.8% drop in traffic, slightly less than the decrease in capacity (down 10.6%). The load factor therefore improved by 0.6 points to 65.6%.
* On French Caribbean/Indian Ocean routes, traffic fell 0.9% for a 6.0% increase in capacity. The load factor stood at 76.2% (down 5.3 points).
** International medium-haul network
In December, traffic on the intra-European network was disrupted by the air traffic controllers` strike. Although 95% of long-haul flights were maintained, Air France was only able to operate 15% of its medium-haul services. Capacity was reduced by 6.7% and traffic dropped 8.1%. The load factor fell by 1.0 point to 61.4%.
** Domestic medium-haul network
On the domestic network, both capacity and traffic were impacted by the strikes and declined 12.7% and 15.1% respectively. The load factor fell 1.8 points to 64.1%.
** Cargo Operations
With a 2.4% reduction in capacity, cargo traffic dropped 6.5% compared with December 2000. The load factor reached 68.3%, down 3.0 points. During the third quarter 2001-02 (October-December), traffic fell 6.0%, almost in line with capacity (down 5.5%). The load factor remained stable at 68.0% (down 0.3 points).