Overall: In January, overall traffic increased by 6 percent. As capacity was up 7 percent on last year, overall load factor decreased by 0.8 percentage points to 73.4 percent.
January passenger traffic increased 9 percent, and passenger capacity was up 9 percent as well. As a result, passenger load factor was virtually the same year-on-year at 76.2 percent.
Passenger traffic on the European routes increased by 9 percent with capacity growth at 5 percent, continuing the improving trend in load factor over the last few months.
Traffic on the North Atlantic increased by 20 percent year-on-year. Capacity increased by 23 percent, which in part follows from the fact that capacity was shifted back from Northwest to KLM in order to restore the balance in the joint venture. As a consequence, passenger load factor decreased by 1.7 percentage points to 75.4 percent. This decrease reflects a downward trend in traffic volumes outbound USA.
On the Asia Pacific routes, traffic increased by 5 percent year-on-year. Passenger load factor on this route area marginally improved to 82.3 percent.
In January, cargo traffic was 2 percent higher than last year. With capacity up 5 percent on last year, cargo load factor decreased by 2 percentage points to 64.7 percent. Traffic on the Asia Pacific routes was 1 percent higher compared to last year on a 4 percent capacity increase. On the North Atlantic routes traffic increased by 6 percent, while capacity was up 8 percent. Outbound traffic Europe was especially under pressure.
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