Air France-KLM has reported a €1.5 billion loss for the second quarter because the Covid-19 continues to take an enormous toll on the worldwide aviation sector.
This compares to a revenue of €1.9 billion for a similar interval final 12 months.
Nonetheless, in an indication the worst could be over, the group mentioned it hopes to function at two-thirds of capability earlier than the top of the 12 months.
Air France-KLM additionally mentioned EBITDA loss had been minimalised at a mean of €260 million per thirty days over the interval, in comparison with an preliminary estimate of €400 million.
This was due to efficient money preservation and value management measures, the group mentioned.
Air France KLM chief govt, Benjamin Smith, mentioned: “The second quarter outcomes exhibit the unprecedented impression of the COVID-19 disaster on the exercise of the Air France-KLM Group and of all airways worldwide.
“The price discount and liquidity preservation measures quickly carried out have nonetheless enabled our operational losses to be lowered.”
To safe the way forward for each carriers, the French and the Dutch governments have offered monetary packages with situations connected to extend competitiveness and obtain sustainability targets.
Consequently, the group had €14.2 billion of liquidity or credit score traces at its disposal on the finish of June for use to climate the disaster and restructure its enterprise.
“The distinctive help of the French and Dutch governments has offered Air France-KLM with the liquidity wanted to climate the disaster and guarantee a gradual restoration in enterprise,” added Smith.
“Nonetheless, the uncertainties linked to the well being scenario, the opening of borders and the overall financial scenario are very robust.
“We should additionally adapt to vital modifications in clients’ behaviour.
“This context pushes us to speed up our transformation to enhance our financial and environmental efficiency in accordance with the primary pillars of our strategic plan.”