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.
Nevertheless, in an indication the worst may be over, the group mentioned it hopes to function at two-thirds of capability earlier than the tip of the 12 months.
Air France-KLM additionally mentioned EBITDA loss had been minimalised at a mean of €260 million monthly 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 show the unprecedented influence of the COVID-19 disaster on the exercise of the Air France-KLM Group and of all airways worldwide.
“The fee discount and liquidity preservation measures quickly applied have nonetheless enabled our operational losses to be diminished.”
To safe the way forward for each carriers, the French and the Dutch governments have supplied monetary packages with circumstances hooked up to extend competitiveness and obtain sustainability goals.
In consequence, 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 assist of the French and Dutch governments has supplied Air France-KLM with the liquidity wanted to climate the disaster and guarantee a gradual restoration in enterprise,” added Smith.
“Nevertheless, the uncertainties linked to the well being scenario, the opening of borders and the final financial scenario are very robust.
“We should additionally adapt to vital adjustments in prospects’ behaviour.
“This context pushes us to speed up our transformation to enhance our financial and environmental efficiency based on the primary pillars of our strategic plan.”