The airlines of the German aviation powerhouse the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 13.3 million passengers in June and set new records in the process.
This was increase of 11.8 per cent compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometers were up 8.3 per cent over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 9.3 per cent. The seat load factor increased by 0.8 percentage points compared to June 2017 to 83.5 per cent.
The airlines of the Lufthansa Group carried a total of 66.9 million passengers in the first half of 2018 – more than ever before. A seat load factor of 79.8 per cent was achieved, which was a historic high for the first half of the year.
The network airlines Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 9.7 million passengers in June, 11.1 per cent more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 5.7 per cent in June. The sales volume was up 6.8 per cent over the same period, increasing seat load factor by 0.8percentage points to 84 per cent.
The network airlines at the Zurich hub grew particularly strongly, with the number of passengers up 19.2 per cent year-on-year, followed by Munich (+14.3 per cent) and Vienna (+10.1 per cent). In Frankfurt passenger volume grew by 6.1 per cent.
The offer (of so-called seat kilometres) also increased to varying degrees: in Munich by 12.5 per cent, in Zurich by 8.4 per cent, in Vienna by 7.7 per cent and in Frankfurt by 1.6 per cent.
Lufthansa German Airlines transported 6.5 million passengers in June, a 9.2 per cent increase compared to the same month last year. A 4.7 per cent increase in seat kilometers in June corresponds to a 4.9 per cent increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was 84.1 per cent, therefore 0.1 percentage points above the prior-year’s level.
The Eurowings Group carries with the airlines Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines carried around 3.6 million passengers in June. Among this total, 3.3 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 269,000 on long-haul.
This amounts to an increase of 13.9 per cent in comparison to the previous year. June capacity was 20.8 per cent above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 22 per cent, resulting in an increased seat load factor by 0.8 percentage points of 81.7 per cent.
On short-haul services the airlines raised capacity 14 per cent and increased sales volume by 17.8 per cent, resulting in a 2.7 percentage points increase in seat load factor of 83.6 per cent, compared to June 2017. The seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased by 3.1 percentage points to 77.7 per cent during the same period, following a 37.8 per cent increase in capacity and a 32.5 per cent rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year.