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Air France KLM Posts Rise In Traffic Figures

By Dave Simpson
Air France KLM Posts Rise In Traffic Figures

Air France KLM reported a rise in passenger traffic figures for October, as its new chief executive, Ben Smith, embarks on plans to improve performance after costly strikes earlier this year.

Air France KLM said it carried about 9.2 million passengers in October, up 3.3% percent from last year.

The group's load factor - a measure of how packed an airline's planes are - increased by 0.5 percentage points to 87.5% from last year, the company said.

Deal And Stakes

Smith joined Air France KLM in September from Air Canada, and within weeks struck a pay deal with staff unions to end a dispute that had led to protracted and costly strikes which grounded hundreds of flights earlier this year.

The French state has a 14% stake in Air France KLM, while Delta Airlines and China Eastern Airlines each hold an 8.8% stake in the group.

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