August 8, 2019 / 6:11 AM / 12 days ago

Air France KLM's July passenger numbers rise 1.8% year-on-year

FILE PHOTO: An Air France Boeing 777-300 airplane lands at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy, near Paris, France, May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - Air France KLM SA (AIRF.PA) said on Thursday it carried around 10 million passengers last month, up 1.8% from a year ago, boosted by a rise in numbers on its north American networks.

The French carrier’s passenger load factor - an industry metric that measures how full are an airline’s planes - also rose to 90.7% in July from 90.2% last year.

Last month, Air France-KLM posted a 16% rise in its second-quarter operating profits as new Chief Executive Ben Smith’s cost-cutting programme helped offset the impact of rising fuel prices.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Rashmi Aich

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