Lufthansa Group has reported that its airlines welcomed around 13.8 million passengers on board in August 2018 – a 10 per cent increase on the same month last year.
The available seat kilometres were up 8.2 per cent over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 8.7 per cent. In addition as compared to August 2017, the seat load factor increased by 0.5 percentage points to 86.4 per cent.
The network airlines including Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 9.9 million passengers in August – 7.9 per cent more than in the prior-year period.
Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometres increased by 5.3 percent in August. The sales volume was up by 5.9 percent over the same period, with an increasing seat load factor by 0.5 percentage points to 86.5 percent.
In August, the strongest passenger growth of the network airlines was recorded at the Munich and Zurich hubs with a double figure growth of 11.2 per cent (Munich) and 10.6 per cent (Zurich).
The number of passengers increased by 6.9 per cent in Vienna and five per cent in Frankfurt. The underlying offer also increased to varying degrees: in Munich by 11.3 per cent, in Zurich by nine per cent, in Vienna by 6.4 per cent and in Frankfurt by 1.1 per cent.
Lufthansa German Airlines transported 6.5 million passengers in August, a 7.3 percent increase compared to the same month last year. A four per cent increase in seat kilometres in August corresponds to a 4.3 per cent increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was 86.1 per cent, corresponding 0.3 percentage points above last year’s level.
Eurowings (including Brussels Airlines) carried around 3.8 million passengers in July. Among this total, 3.5 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 342,000 flew on long-haul flights.
This amounts to an increase of 15.8 per cent in comparison to the previous year. August capacity was 21.8 per cent above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 22.2 per cent, resulting in an increase of seat load factor by o.3 percentage points to 86 per cent.
On short-haul services the airlines raised capacity by 17.6 per cent and increased sales volume by 18.7 per cent, resulting in a 0.7 percentage points increased seat load factor of 85.4 per cent, compared to August 2017.
The seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased by 0.9 percentage points to 87 per cent during the same period, following a 31.2 per cent increase in capacity and a 29.9 per cent rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year.