Airline company KLM suffered a loss of 337 million euros in the first quarter of this year, against 275 million euros a year earlier.

For parent company Air France-KLM, the loss amounted to 1.5 billion euros.

This is evident from the figures presented on Thursday.

KLM CEO Pieter Elbers denounces the specific testing obligations that apply in the Netherlands in connection with the corona virus.

"These have a strong negative effect for KLM."

Passengers traveling with KLM via Schiphol must also show a negative test result.

The fact that KLM's result is not even worse is also partly due to the corona virus.

KLM transports far fewer passengers, but a lot of cargo, including corona vaccines.

"By paying close attention to costs and strong cargo volumes, some of the negative impact in passenger transport is offset."

KLM achieved a turnover of 930 million euros.

That is almost 60 percent less than in the first three months of 2020. "The recovery in aviation is disappointing due to travel restrictions in many countries," says Elbers of the results.

Just like the travel industry, KLM would like the government to again issue travel advice per country instead of putting the entire world on orange.

"Countries with a low infection rate can be set to green or yellow in this way. That way, the Dutch can book their holiday again", says the KLM CEO.

In the first three months of this year, KLM transported 1.4 million passengers, compared to 6.3 million in the comparable period last year.

A decrease of more than 77 percent.

The corona virus first appeared in the course of the first quarter of last year.