Lufthansa Group airlines welcomed around 14 million passengers. This shows an increase of 2.3 percent compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometres were up 2.2 percent over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 2.4 percent. This results in a seat load factor of 84.7 percent, 0.1 percentage points higher than in the same month last year.
In total, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group carried around 111.6 million passen¬gers in the first nine months of 2019 – a new record for this period. The seat load factor of 82.8 percent also marks an unprecedented figure for the first three quar¬ters of the year.
Cargo capacity increased by 4.1 percent year-on-year, while cargo sales decreased by 3.6 percent in revenue ton-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding reduction, decreasing by 4.7 percentage points to 59.3 percent.
Network Airlines carry more than 10.1 million passengers
The Network Airlines including Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried around 10.1 million passengers in September – 3.0 percent more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kil¬ometres increased by 3.8 percent in September. The sales volume was up by 4.0 percent over the same period. The seat load factor increased by 0.1 percentage points to 84.5 per cent compared with the previous year.
In total, Network Airlines carried around 81.9 million passengers in the first three quarters of 2019, 3.8 percent more than in the same period last year.
Zurich hub again with strongest passenger growth
In September, the strongest passenger growth of the network airlines was recorded at the Zurich hub with 6.8 percent. The number of passengers increased by 4.3 percent in Vienna and 1.7 percent in Munich. In Frankfurt, the number of passengers during this period remained unchanged at the previous year’s level. The underlying offer also increased to varying degrees: in Munich by 11.8 percent, in Zurich by 3.2 percent, in Vienna by 1.0 percent and in Frankfurt by 0.8 percent.
Lufthansa German Airlines transported around 6.7 million passengers in Septem¬ber, a 1.7 percent increase compared to the same month last year. A 4.4 percent increase in seat kilometres in September corresponds to a 4.6 percent increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was with 84.2 percent 0.2 percentage points higher than in the same month last year. In total, Lufthansa welcomed around 54.6 million passengers on board in the first nine months of 2019, 2.8 percent more than a year earlier. A 4.1 per cent increase in capacity in the first three quarters was offset by a 5.1 percent increase in sales, resulting in a seat load factor of 82.6 percent (+0.8 percentage points).