Overall Traffic: In August, overall traffic increased by 1 percent. In line with KLM`s policy to gradually add back capacity for the summer season, overall capacity reached the level of 3 percent below last year. In KLM`s opinion, the traffic results emphasize the company`s ability to effectively gear capacity levels to traffic levels, which in August resulted in higher traffic volumes and load factors compared to last year. Overall load factor increased by 2.5 percentage points to 79.3 percent.
Passenger Traffic: August passenger traffic was 2 percent down on last year. As capacity was 3 percent lower, passenger load factor improved to 84.2 percent.
Traffic in most route areas developed in line with capacity. Within Europe, traffic increased substantially with a corresponding improvement in load factor. Traffic in the Mid and South Atlantic as well as in the MESA route area stayed behind, reporting slightly lower load factors in comparison to the same month last year.
On the North Atlantic, capacity slightly increased compared to last month. Traffic in this route area continued to recover, resulting in a load factor increase of 2.0 percentage points to 88.8 percent. Business Class load factor continued to improve, while Economy Class load factor slightly decreased, compared to the same period last year.
Cargo Traffic: In August, cargo traffic was 6 percent higher than last year. As capacity was 1 percent down on last year, cargo load factor improved by 4.9 percentage points to 69.5 percent. As in the previous months, in particular traffic on Asia Pacific and African routes developed strongly, reporting levels well above last year. Despite lower traffic volumes on North Atlantic routes, load factor increased by 2.8 percentage points to 68.5 percent.