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Lufthansa welcomes 14.6m passengers in July

The Lufthansa Group airlines welcomed around 14.6 million passengers during July, marking an increase of 3.3 per cent compared to the previous year’s month.

The available seat kilometres were up 2.5 per cent over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 3.1 per cent. In addition as compared to July 2018, the seat load factor increased by 0.6 percentage points to 86.9 per cent. Both for the month of July and for the year to date, the Group has achieved historic highs in both the number of passengers carried and the seat load factor.

Cargo capacity increased by 9.7 per cent year-on-year, while cargo sales remained unchanged at the same level as in the same month of the previous year in revenue tonne-kilometre terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding reduction, decreasing by 5.6 percentage points to 58.6 per cent.

Network Airlines with more than 10.6 million passengers

The Network Airlines including Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried more than 10.6 million passengers in July – 4 per cent more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometres increased by 3.8 per cent in July. The sales volume was up by 4.6 per cent over the same period, with an increasing seat load factor by 0.6 percentage points to 87.1 per cent.

Strongest passenger growth increase in Zurich

In July, the strongest passenger growth of the network airlines was recorded at Lufthansa’s hub in Zurich with 6.5 per cent. The number of passengers increased by 5.7 per cent in Vienna and by 5.3 per cent in Munich. In Frankfurt, however, the number of passengers decreased slightly; there was a decline of 0.4 per cent. The underlying offer also increased mostly in Munich by 11.1 per cent. In Zurich it increased by 5.0 per cent, in Frankfurt by 0.7 per cent and in Vienna it remained unchanged at the same level as in the same month of the previous year.

Lufthansa German Airlines transported more than 6.9 million passengers in July, a 2.8 per cent increase compared to the same month last year. A 4.1 per cent increase in seat kilometres corresponds to a 5.1 per cent increase in sales. The seat load factor rose by 0.9 percentage points year-on-year to 86.9 per cent.

Eurowings with around 4.0 million passengers

Eurowings (including Brussels Airlines) carried around 4.0 million passengers in July. Among this total, around 3.7 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 300,000 flew on long-haul flights. This corresponds to an increase of 2.2 per cent on short-haul routes and a decrease of 6.3 per cent on long-haul routes compared with the previous year. A 3.1 per cent decline in supply in July was offset by a 2.9 per cent decline in sales, resulting in a seat load factor of 86.2 per cent, which is 0.2 percentage points higher.

In July, the number of seat-kilometres offered on short-haul routes increased by 1.3 per cent, while the number of seat-kilometres sold increased by 1.0 per cent over the same period. As a result, the seat load factor on these flights was 0.2 percentage points lower than the 86.6 per cent recorded in July 2018. On long-haul flights, the seat load factor rose by 0.8 percentage points to 85.2 per cent over the same period. The 12.2 per cent decrease in capacity was offset by an 11.3 per cent decrease in sales. – TradeArabia News Service