Lufthansa Group airlines: Passenger numbers up 13% in February 2018

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In February 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 8.8 million passengers. This shows an increase of 13.1% compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometers were up 8.6% over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 10.4%. The seat load factor increased by 1.2 percentage points compared to February 2017 to 76.2%.

The currency adjusted yield indication remained stable in February compared to previous year.

Cargo capacity increased 5.9% year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 6.3% in revenue ton-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding improvement, rising 0.2 percentage points in the month to 71.1%.

Network Airlines

The Network Airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 6.5 million passengers in February, 6.8% more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 4.7% in February. The sales volume was up 5.8% over the same period, increasing seat load factor by 0.8 percentage points to 75.9%.

Lufthansa German Airlines transported 4.5 million passengers in February, a 6.5% increase compared to the same month last year. A 4.7% increase in seat kilometers in February corresponds to a 5.0% increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was 75.9%, therefore 0.2 percentage points above 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 2.3 million passengers in February. Among this total, 2.1 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 220,000 flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 35.3% in comparison to the previous year. February capacity was 32.0% above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 38.3%, resulting in an increased seat load factor by 3.6 percentage points of 77.6%.

On short-haul services the Point-to-Point Airlines raised capacity 34.8% and increased sales volume by 47.6%, resulting in a 6.4 percentage points increase in seat load factor of 74.1%, compared to February 2017. The seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased by 0.7 percentage points to 83.4% during the same period, following a 27.6% increase in capacity and a 26.5% 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 February by more than a quarter (+27.9%) compared to last year.