Air France-KLM estimates Paris attacks impact at 50 mn euros

  • AFP, Paris
  • Updated: Dec 08, 2015 16:13 IST
File photo of an Air France Airbus A320. The Paris attacks of November 2015 had a “significant impact” of 50 million euros on the business of  Air France-KLM. (REUTERS)

The November 13 attacks in Paris had an impact of 50 million euros on last month’s revenues, Air France-KLM said Tuesday, but the airline said it saw the effect largely wearing off by the end of December.

The French-Dutch airline group said the attacks in which 130 people were killed “significantly impacted” November traffic to and from Paris.

Its planes had been carrying considerably more passengers to and from the City of Light before the attacks, compared with the same month in 2014, but then fell below last year’s rate.

“The negative impact of the Paris attacks on total November revenues is estimated to be around 50 million euros ($54 million),” said Air France-KLM in its monthly traffic update.

“Current booking trends are in line with a progressive recovery including a very limited impact on volumes after the end of December 2015.

The 50 million euros was just 0.2 percent of last year’s annual revenues, but was undoubtedly a much higher percentage of revenue earned through its key Paris hubs, although the airline doesn’t break out the figures.

The airline’s experience dovetails with that of Paris hotels and shops, which reported a sharp decline in business immediately after the attacks that has slowly begun to return to normal.

With tourism accounting for some seven percent of gross domestic product for France, which ranks as the top global tourist destination, there has been considerable angst the attacks could weaken the country’s already anaemic growth.

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