EUROPE & CIS: AF-KLM sees slight upward cargo trend in August

While Air France-KLM saw slight declines in its passenger side in August compared to a year ago, cargo traffic increased 0.5 per cent with load factors up 0.8 per cent to 64.3 per cent on the back of a 0.9 per cent reduction in capacity. Unit revenue rose strongly, Air France-KLM added. Cargo load factors […]


While Air France-KLM saw slight declines in its passenger side in August compared to a year ago, cargo traffic increased 0.5 per cent with load factors up 0.8 per cent to 64.3 per cent on the back of a 0.9 per cent reduction in capacity. Unit revenue rose strongly, Air France-KLM added. Cargo load factors were strongest on its Asia-Pacific routes with at 77.6 per cent, followed by the Americas at 64.5 per cent, Africa at 58.1 per cent, Caribbean and Indian Ocean at 32.8 per cent and Europe at only 12.9 per cent. Meanwhile, AF-KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo have begun operating from 16 September, a new twice weekly B747-400 ERF service between Amsterdam Schiphol and Shanghai Pudong via Moscow. The AF-KLM group said that with the additional freighter flights the three carriers would offer a total of 31 weekly flights from their hubs at Paris CDG, France and Amsterdam Schiphol. Traffic will mainly consist of general cargo such as telecom equipment, they said. The carriers added that, “taking responsibility in the current volatile and still fragile air freight market, AF-KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo are focusing on capacity discipline and very selective, flexible growth opportunities in line with demand.”