Lufthansa Group airlifts 60m passengers in 1st half of 2017



Posted by Sade Williams


The airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed on board around 12 million passengers in June 2017.


This shows an increase of 18 percent compared to the previous year’s month.


The available seat kilometers were up 12.3 percent over the previous year; at the same time, sales increased by 15.9 percent. The seat load factor improved accordingly, rising 2.6 percentage points to 82.8%, compared to June 2016.


The currency adjusted pricing environment in June was positive.


In the first half of the year, around 60 million passengers were transported, 17.2% more than in the first half of 2016.


Overall, the Lufthansa Group carried more passengers than ever before in the first half of 2017.


The seat load factor has reached a historical peak of 79%. The figure was 2.7 percentage points higher than in the previous year.


Cargo capacity increased 2.9% year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 8.1% in revenue ton-kilometer terms.


As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding improvement, rising 3.3 percentage points in the month. Overall, the cargo capacity in the first half of 2017 was 2.9% higher than in the previous year. At the same time, cargo sales in this period increased by 7.1%, resulting in a load factor of 2.7 higher percentage points.


The Network Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 8.8 million passengers in June, 6.7% more than in the prior-year period and therefore up to 5.1% more than the previous year’s month.


Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 2.6% in June, at the same time the number of flights were reduced by 1.9%.


The sales volume was up 6.2% over the same period, raising the seat load Airlines carried 45.5 million passengers and therefore 5.9% more than in the same period of the previous year.


During this period, the seat load factor for Network Airlines increased by 3 percentage points to 79.3%.

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