Air France experienced significantly stronger passenger growth in February than its sister company KLM. In previous months, the situation was precisely the other way around and KLM was still the engine of growth of the two. According to them, the flattening of growth at KLM is partly due to the growth limitation at Schiphol.
The number of travellers at KLM rose by 1 percent compared to a year earlier to 2.4 million. At Air France there was a plus of 5.1 percent with 3.7 million passengers. Transavia low coster recorded the strongest passenger growth. 9 percent more travellers checked in that airline. All in all, 7 million people flew last month with Air France-KLM aircraft. That was 4.1 percent more than in February last year.
The Franco-Dutch aviation concern went through a very turbulent period last month. There was a lot of unrest about the reappointment of KLM CEO Pieter Elbers and the Dutch government took a considerable interest in the company.