Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Passenger numbers up for Lufthansa in April as the group mulls over buying Thomas Cook



The European giant group of airlines, Lufthansa, welcomed 12.5 million passengers during the month of April this year, the latest results released from the airline indicated.  The airline group also saw an increase in its load factor, up by 2% to 83.3%.

The airline group is also interested in buying at least part of the aviation businesses put up for sale by Thomas Cook earlier this year.  Lufthansa has put in a bid to by the German leisure airline Condor, part of Thomas Cook, the firms CEO Carsten Spohr said: "We believe that we can offer Condor good prospects and maintain the business as a whole, both long- and short-haul operations.".  

Whilst the bid at the moment is just for Condor, the Lufthansa Group may widen its sights to more of Thomas Cooks airlines, “The offer would be for the short- and long-haul business (of Condor), with the opportunity to extend this to all Thomas Cook airlines. But right now, the offer is only valid for Condor.” a spokesperson for Lufthansa told the UK's TTG.


Looking at April's results in more detail now, Lufthansa's network airlines including Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried more than 9.3 million passengers in April – 5.0% more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometres increased by 4.1% in April. The sales volume was up by 6.7% over the same period, with an increasing seat load factor by 2.0 percentage points to 83.3 %.





Strongest passenger growth at Vienna hub

In April, the strongest passenger growth of the network airlines was recorded at the Vienna hub with 5.9 %. The number of passengers increased by 4.3% in Frankfurt and Zurich each, in Munich they increased by 2.6%. The underlying offer also increased to varying degrees: in Vienna by 6.8 %, in Munich by 6.2 %, in Zurich by 4.6 % and in Frankfurt by 1.9%.

Lufthansa German Airlines transported more than 6.2 million passengers in April, a 4.9 % increase compared to the same month last year. A 3.6 percent increase in seat kilometres corresponds to a 6.4% increase in sales. The seat load factor rose by 2.2 percentage points to 82.9 %.

Eurowings increases supply and sales

Photo Brussels Airlines
Eurowings (including Brussels Airlines) carried around 3.2 million passengers in April. Among this total, 2.9 million passengers were on short-haul flights and around 300,000 flew on long-haul flights. This corresponds to a reduction of 2.3% compared with the previous year, resulting from a reduction of 4.1 % on short-haul flights and an increase of 19.1 per cent on long-haul flights. April capacity was 3.4% above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 5.8%, resulting in an increase of seat load factor by 1.9 percentage points to 83.1 %.

In April, the number of seat-kilometres offered on short-haul routes was decreased by 3.4 per cent, while the number of seat-kilometres sold decreased by 0.6 per cent over the same period. This results in a seat load factor of 82.6 per cent, which is 2.3 percentage points higher on these flights. On long-haul flights, the seat load factor increased by 0.8 percentage points to 84.1 per cent over the same period. The 18.0 per cent increase in capacity was offset by a 19.1 per cent increase in sales. In April 2019, the Lufthansa Group airlines welcomed 12,5 million passengers. This shows an increase of 3.0 percent compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometres were up 4.0 % over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 6.5%. In addition as compared to April 2018, the seat load factor rose by 2.0 percentage points to 83.3 percent.

Cargo capacity increased by 9.3 % year-on-year, while cargo sales decreased by 4.2% in revenue tonne-kilometre terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding reduction, decreasing by 8.4 percentage points to 59.3 %.

Network Airlines with more than 9.3 million passengers

Photo Lufthansa
The Network Airlines including Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried more than 9.3 million passengers in April – 5.0 % more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometres increased by 4.1 percent in April. The sales volume was up by 6.7 % over the same period, with an increasing seat load factor by 2.0 percentage points to 83.3%.

Strongest passenger growth at Vienna hub

In April, the strongest passenger growth of the network airlines was recorded at the Vienna hub with 5.9 %. The number of passengers increased by 4.3 % in Frankfurt and Zurich each, in Munich they increased by 2.6%. The underlying offer also increased to varying degrees: in Vienna by 6.8 %, in Munich by 6.2 %, in Zurich by 4.6 % and in Frankfurt by 1.9 %.

Lufthansa German Airlines transported more than 6.2 million passengers in April, a 4.9 % increase compared to the same month last year. A 3.6% increase in seat kilometres corresponds to a 6.4 percent increase in sales. The seat load factor rose by 2.2 percentage points to 82.9 %.

Eurowings increases supply and sales

Photo Lufthansa
Eurowings (including Brussels Airlines) carried around 3.2 million passengers in April. Among this total, 2.9 million passengers were on short-haul flights and around 300,000 flew on long-haul flights. This corresponds to a reduction of 2.3 % compared with the previous year, resulting from a reduction of 4.1 % on short-haul flights and an increase of 19.1 % on long-haul flights. April capacity was 3.4 % above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 5.8 %, resulting in an increase of seat load factor by 1.9 percentage points to 83.1 %.

In April, the number of seat-kilometres offered on short-haul routes was decreased by 3.4 %, while the number of seat-kilometres sold decreased by 0.6 % over the same period. This results in a seat load factor of 82.6 %, which is 2.3 percentage points higher on these flights. On long-haul flights, the seat load factor increased by 0.8 percentage points to 84.1 % over the same period. The 18.0 % increase in capacity was offset by a 19.1 % increase in sales.


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