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Air France KLM sees passenger growth despite strikes

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Air France KLM saw passenger numbers increase by 3.7 per cent year on year in June despite a continuing battle against staff strikes.

The group carried 9,342,000 passengers during a month when its airlines continued to work through disruption in the wake of a row over pay.

Its revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) grew 4.5 per cent to more than 25 million, while load factor increased 1.6 percentage points to 89.3 per cent.

Air France, KLM and Hop’s Latin American routes proved especially successful, with passenger numbers up 7.6 per cent to 287,000. Its Asia-Pacific passenger numbers were up 5.1 per cent, while across its long-haul network there was an increase of 3.2 per cent.

On Transavia, passenger numbers grew 8.1 per cent and load factor was up 2.4 percentage points to 92.8 per cent.

The group has yet to name a new chief executive following the resignation of Jean-Marc Janaillac, who stepped down after failing to reach a pay deal with staff. The unions agreed to call off strike days in late June, with talks due to resume once a CEO is appointed.

Air France KLM claims the industrial action has cost it around £350 million so far.

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