September 8, 2014 / 6:18 AM / 3 years ago

Air France says passenger traffic rose 3.1 percent in August

PARIS (Reuters) - Franco-Dutch airline Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA) said on Monday that passenger traffic rose 3.1 percent in August, led by long-haul flights to Asia and the Americas.

An Air France Airbus A319 passenger jet makes its way on the tarmac before taking off at Orly airport, near Paris, August 5 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The passenger load factor, a measure of the portion of capacity filled, rose 1.1 percentage points to 89 percent, the carrier said in a statement. Passenger numbers rose 2.1 percent to 7.3 million last month.

Cargo traffic fell 1.7 percent, with a load factor down 0.6 percentage points to 58.7 percent, the carrier added.

Reporting by Natalie Huet, editing by Louise Heavens

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