Passenger numbers climb 11% across Lufthansa Group airlines in May

posted on 11th June 2018 by Justin Burns
Passenger numbers climb 11% across Lufthansa Group airlines in May

In May – the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 12.9 million passengers – an increase of 11 per cent compared to the previous year’s month.

The available seat kilometres were up 7.8 per cent over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 8.3 per cent. The seat load factor increased by 0.4 percentage points compared to May 2017 to 79.4 per cent.

Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 9.3 million passengers in May, 7.8 per cent more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometres increased by 5.1 per cent in May. The sales volume was up 4.8 per cent over the same period, decreasing seat load factor by 0.2 percentage points to 79.2 per cent.

Lufthansa has grown particularly at its Munich hub, where it has expanded its offering by 11 per cent compared to the same month last year. At the Frankfurt hub, supply increased by only 1.8 per cent in the same period. The number of passengers increased by 8.1 per cent in Munich in May compared to May 2017, and by 5.2 per cent in Frankfurt.

The Eurowings Group carries with the airlines Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines carried around 3.4 million passengers in May. Among this total, 2.6 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 248,000 flew long-haul.

This amounts to an increase of 20.1 per cent in comparison to the previous year. May capacity was 21 per cent above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 26.4 per cent, resulting in a decreased seat load factor by 3.4 percentage points of 81.2 per cent.