KLM Traffic Results for December

7th Jan 2004

Passenger load factor increased by 3.0 percentage points to 77.6 percent
- Passenger traffic down 7 percent on 11 percent lower capacity
- Cargo load factor increased by 4.5 percentage points to 73.4 percent
- Boeing 747-300 fully phased out in December

December passenger capacity was down 11 percent. This decrease is the
combined effect of the accelerated phasing out of KLM`s Boeing 747-300
fleet, completed early December, and pro-active capacity adjustments to
reflect lower demand in the holiday season. As traffic was down only 7
percent, passenger load factor improved by 3.0 percentage points to 77.6
percent. Especially on the Asia Pacific routes capacity levels were adjusted
to match lower demand. As a consequence, capacity was down 15 percent on
last year, which is a more pronounced decrease compared to the previous
months. As traffic in this route area was 7 percent lower than last year,
load factor increased by 6.6 percentage points to 80.8 percent. North
Atlantic load factor improved by 4.0 percentage points to 82.6 percent. This
is the result of a capacity decrease of 20 percent, which is in line with
the previous months, and a decrease in traffic of 16 percent.

Traffic on the Middle East / South Asia route area was 3 percent up on last
year. Capacity was down 7 percent, which resulted in a load factor
improvement of 7.7 percentage points to 81.2 percent. European traffic was
at last year`s level on 1 percent lower capacity. Load factor of 70.2
percent was up 0.8 percentage points.

Cargo Traffic -
In December, cargo traffic was at the same level as last year on 6 percent
lower capacity. Cargo load factor improved by 4.5 percentage points to 73.4
percent. Performance on the Asia Pacific routes continued to show a
significant improvement with traffic up 9 percent on 1 percent lower
capacity. As a result cargo load factor improved by 7.8 percentage points to
86.7 percent. Especially traffic from Asia to Europe developed strongly. On
the North Atlantic traffic was down 7 percent. As capacity was 10 percent
lower than last year, this resulted in a load factor increase of 2.4
percentage points to 70.6 percent. Cargo traffic outbound Europe continues
to be under pressure.


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