July Traffic 1% Below Last Year, Overall Load Factor Improved 2.6 Percentage Points

Overall Traffic
Because of the flight disruptions on July 27, 2002, overall capacity was negatively affected by 2 percentage points, with a comparable effect on traffic.
During July, traffic continued to recover, being down 1 percent on last year. Overall capacity reached a level of 5 percent below last year. Consequently, overall load factor improved by 2.6 percentage points to 79.6 percent.
Passenger Traffic
July passenger capacity was 6 percent lower, and, as traffic fell 6 percent as well compared to last year, passenger load factor marginally improved to 83.6 percent.
Traffic levels in all route areas developed in line with capacity levels, with the exception of traffic on South Atlantic routes.

On the North Atlantic, capacity slightly increased compared to last month, but remained below last year`s level. As traffic in this route area continued to recover, load factor increased by 3.1 percentage points to 89.2 percent.
Business Class load factor improved once again in July in comparison to the same period last year.
Cargo Traffic
In July, cargo traffic was 7 percent higher than last year. As capacity was 2 percent down on last year, cargo load factor improved substantially by 6.0 percentage points to 71.1 percent.
As in the previous month, in particular traffic on Asia Pacific routes and on African routes showed a considerable year-on-year improvement.

Cargo traffic on the North Atlantic almost reached last year`s level, reflecting an increase in load factor by 5.6 percentage points to 71.0 percent.

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