Monday, 12 February 2018

Increased passenger numbers for Lufthansa group in January 2018

In January 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 8.7 million passengers. This shows an increase of 10.1% compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometers were up 8% over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 7.4%. The seat load factor decreased by 0.4 percentage points compared to January 2017 to 75.6%.

The Network Airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 6.5 million passengers in January, 5.4% more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 5.4% in January. The sales volume was up 3.9% over the same period, decreasing seat load factor by 1.1 percentage points to 75.7%.

Lufthansa German Airlines transported 4.5 million passengers in January, a 5.7% increase compared to the same month last year. A 6.1% increase in seat kilometers in January corresponds to a 4.8% increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was 76.6%, therefore one percentage point below the prior-year’s level.

Point-to-Point Airlines

The Lufthansa Group’s Point-to-Point Airlines – Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines – carried around 2.2 million passengers in January. Among this total, 1.9 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 236,000 flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 27.3% in comparison to the previous year. January capacity was 23.8% above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 30.2%, resulting in an increased seat load factor by 3.6 percentage points of 74.8%.

On short-haul services the Point-to-Point Airlines raised capacity 25% and increased sales volume by 35.5%, resulting in a 5.4 percentage points increase in seat load factor of 69.2%, compared to January 2017. The seat load factor for the long-haul services increased 1.4 percentage points to 82.8% during the same period, following a 22.2% increase in capacity and a 24.3% rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year. The number of passengers on long-haul flights of the Point-to-Point Airlines increased in January by about a quarter (24.3%) compared to last year.

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