Expanded capacity fuelled a traffic rise for Lufthansa Group airlines in July, as they flew 14.6 million passengers, 3.3 per cent more than the same month last year.
The available seat kilometres were up 2.5 per cent over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 3.1 per cent. In addition, as compared to July 2018, the seat load factor increased by 0.6 percentage points to 86.9 per cent.
Both for the month of July and for the year to date, the Lufthansa Group has achieved its best ever results in both the number of passengers carried and the seat load factor.
The network airlines including Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried more than 10.6 million passengers in July – four per cent more than in the prior-year period. Available seat kilometres increased by 3.8 per cent and the sales volume was up by 4.6 per cent over the same period, with an increasing seat load factor by 0.6 percentage points to 87.1 per cent.
In July, the strongest passenger growth of the network airlines was recorded at Lufthansa’s hub in Zurich with 6.5 per cent. The number of passengers increased by 5.7 per cent in Vienna and by 5.3 per cent in Munich. In Frankfurt, however, the number of passengers decreased as there was a decline of 0.4 per cent.
Eurowings (including Brussels Airlines) carried around four million passengers in July. Among this total, around 3.7 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 300,000 flew on long-haul flights. A 3.1 per cent decline in supply in July was offset by a 2.9 per cent decline in sales, resulting in a seat load factor of 86.2 per cent, which is 0.2 percentage points higher.