Lufthansa Group airlines welcome 2.8% more passengers in May

posted on 14th June 2019 by Justin Burns

The Lufthansa Group airlines welcomed around 13.2 million passengers in May – an increase of 2.8 per cent compared to the previous year’s month.

The available seat kilometres were up 3.5 per cent over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 5.7 per cent. In addition as compared to May 2018, the seat load factor increased by 1.7 percentage points to 81.1 per cent.

Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried around 9.7 million passengers in May – five 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 by eight per cent over the same period, with an increasing seat load factor by 2.2 percentage points to 81.4 percent.

In May, the strongest passenger growth of the network airlines was recorded at Lufthansa’s hub in Munich with 7.1 per cent. The number of passengers increased by 4.4 per cent in Vienna, by 3.6 per cent in Zurich and by 2.1 per cent in Frankfurt.

The underlying offer also increased mostly in Munich by 9.1 per cent. In Zurich it increased by 7.3 per cent, in Vienna by 4.2 per cent and in Frankfurt by 2.1 per cent.

Lufthansa German Airlines transported around 6.5 million passengers in May, a 5.1 per cent increase compared to the same month last year. A 4.5 per cent increase in seat kilometres corresponds to a 7.8 per cent increase in sales. The seat load factor rose by 2.5 percentage points year-on-year to 81.7 per cent.

Eurowings (including Brussels Airlines) carried around 3.5 million passengers in May. Among this total, around 3.3 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 250,000 flew on long-haul flights. This corresponds to a decrease of 3.1 per cent on short-haul routes and an increase of 3.2 per cent on long-haul routes compared with the previous year.

A 3.2 per cent decline in supply in May was offset by a 3.9 per cent decline in sales, resulting in a seat load factor of 79.6 per cent, which is 0.6 percentage points lower.