PARIS (Reuters) – Air France KLM, which has been the subject of political tensions between France and the Netherlands, posted on Friday a rise in passenger numbers for February compared with the previous year.
The airline carried 7 million passengers last month, up 4.1 percent from a year-ago period.
Air France KLM’s February passenger load factor – a measure of how packed an airline’s planes are – increased by 0.2 percentage points to 87.1 percent from last year, the company said .
Last month, the Netherlands quietly amassed a 14 percent stake in Air France KLM, almost matching the 14.3 percent held by the French state.
The move triggered a diplomatic spat between France and the Netherlands, although both countries have since sought to play that down.
(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)