Air France-KLM faced unexpected challenges in the fourth quarter, resulting in net and operating losses that fell well below analysts' expectations. The Israel-Hamas war disrupted travel to the Middle East, while the company's expenses continued to rise.

Financial Results

  • Net loss: 256 million euros ($277.5 million)
  • Operating loss: 56 million euros
  • Revenue: 7.41 billion euros

During this period, Air France-KLM served 22.3 million passengers, reflecting a 6.4% increase from the previous year.

Market Expectations vs. Reality

Analysts anticipated:

  • Net loss: 82 million euros
  • Operating profit: 88 million euros
  • Revenue: 7.45 billion euros

However, the actual results did not align with these projections based on estimates from 15 analysts.

Future Outlook

Despite the challenges faced, the group remains optimistic about the future. They expect a 5% increase in capacity this year, with net capital expenditure ranging from 3 billion to 3.2 billion euros in 2024.

These results and projections showcase the resilience and strategic planning of Air France-KLM amidst unforeseen disruptions in the aviation industry.

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