Friday, 19 October 2018

13.7 million passengers travelled with the Lufthansa Group during September 2018

Around 13.7 million people flew with the Lufthansa Group of airlines during September 2019 the latest figures from the European airline group shows. 

The airline is proud of that number, which is up by some 8.8% when compared to September 2017 figures month.  Also rising was the available seat kilometres, up 7.3% at the same time, sales increased by 8.3%. The airline groups average load factor was also up on last years figures to 84.5%.

The group also reported cargo capacity increased by 6.2% year-on-year, while cargo sales decreased by 1.6% in revenue tonne-kilometre terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding reduction, decreasing by 5.0 percentage points to 63.4%. 

In total, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group carried around 108.5 million passengers in the first nine months of 2018 - a new record for this period. The seat load factor of 82.0 % also marks an unprecedented figure for the first three quarters of the year.

Network Airlines with around 10 million passengers

The Network Airlines including Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 9.8 million passengers in September – 6.8% more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometres increased by 4.7 % in September. The sales volume was up by 5.5% over the same period, with an increasing seat load factor by 0.6 percentage points to 84.3%. 

Strong growth continues at Munich and Zurich hubs

In September, the strongest passenger growth of the network airlines was recorded at the Munich and Zurich hub with 9.5% (Munich) and 9.9 % (Zurich). The number of passengers increased by 6.3% in Vienna and 3.7% in Frankfurt. The underlying offer also increased to varying degrees: in Munich by 12.0%, in Zurich by 4.8 %, in Vienna by 7.2% and in Frankfurt by 1.2%.

Lufthansa German Airlines transported 6.6 million passengers in September, a 6.0 % increase compared to the same month last year. A 4.3% increase in seat kilometres in September corresponds to a 3.6% increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was 84.1%, corresponding 0.5 percentage points below last year’s level.

Eurowings increases capacity and sales

Eurowings (including Brussels Airlines) carried around 3.8 million passengers in September. Among this total, 3.5 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 288,000 flew on long-haul flights. This amounts to an increase of 14.4 % in comparison to the previous year. September capacity was 19.7 % above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 21.3 %, resulting in an increase of seat load factor by 1.1 percentage points to 85.3 percent.

On short-haul services the airlines raised capacity by 16.8% and increased sales volume by 18.5 %, resulting in a 1.7 percentage points increased seat load factor of 86.8 %, compared to September 2017. The seat load factor for the long-haul services increased by 1.1 percentage points to 82.1% during the same period, following a 26.3 % increase in capacity and a 28.1% rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year.