QUARTER LOSS POSTED BY AIR FRANCE-KLM

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore July 28, 2011 10:23

QUARTER LOSS POSTED BY AIR FRANCE-KLM

Air France-KLM has posted a €212 million net loss for the April-June quarter. The airline group’s operating loss widened from a year ago to €145 million even though revenue rose 8.7% to €6.22 billion.

Analysts were on average expecting a quarterly operating profit of €47 million on revenue of €6.264 billion and a net loss of €41 million.

Profits were impacted by high fuel costs, turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East and the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, which combined to cause €100 million in losses.

Air France-KLM also referred to the European debt crisis impacting business travel and the movement of goods.

The group is halving plans for long-haul capacity growth in the winter to 2.7% from 5.1% to shore up its preserved goal of an operating profit in 2011.

Passenger traffic rose 9.4% in April-June after adjusting for the six-day closure of European airspace due to the Icelandic ash crisis in April 2010.

Cargo traffic rose just 1.9% for the quarter, impacted by the Japanese crisis and overcapacity in China.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore July 28, 2011 10:23
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