Friday, September 15, 2017

Lufthansa flies 12.5m in August; up 17pc

The airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 12.5 million passengers in August, marking an increase of 17.4 per cent compared to the same month last year.

The available seat kilometres were up 12.4 per cent over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 14 per cent. The seat load factor improved accordingly, rising 1.2 percentage points compared to August 2016 to 85.8 per cent.

Cargo capacity increased 2.3 per cent year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 9.8 per cent in revenue ton-kilometre terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding improvement, rising 4.5 percentage points in the month to 66.4 per cent.

Network airlines

The Network Airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 9.2 million passengers in August, 4.8 per cent more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometres increased by 2.4 per cent in August although the number of flights stayed the same. The sales volume was up 4 per cent over the same period, raising seat load factor by 1.4 percentage points to 85.8 per cent.

Lufthansa German Airlines transported 6.1 million passengers in August, a 3.9 per cent increase compared to the same month last year. A 1.2 per cent increase in seat kilometres in August was a 3.4 per cent increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was up to 85.8 per cent, therefore 1.8 percentage points above the prior-year’s level.

Point-to-Point airlines

The Lufthansa Group’s Point-to-Point Airlines – Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines – carried around 3.3 million passengers in August. Among this total, 3.1 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 260,000 flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 75.7 per cent in comparison to the previous year. August capacity was 108.4 per cent above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 108 per cent, resulting in a nearly equal seat load factor which was 0.1 percentage points lower.

On short-haul services the Point-to-Point Airlines raised capacity 66.1 per cent and increased sales volume by 67.2 per cent, resulting in a 0.5 percentage points increase in seat load factor, compared to August 2016. The seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased 8.8 percentage points to 87.9 per cent during the same period, following a 385.4 per cent increase in capacity and a 341.2 per cent rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year. The number of passengers on long haul flights of the Point-to-Point airlines in August was around four times higher than one year before. – TradeArabia News Service

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