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Lufthansa Group airlines welcome 13 million passengers on board in July

• Increase in passenger volume of 17%
• Seat load factor rises 0.3 percentage points up to 86.3%
• Pricing environment develops positive again


The airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed 13.1 million passengers on board in July 2017. This shows an increase of 16.9% compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometers were up 12.4% over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 12.8%. The seat load factor improved accordingly, rising 0.3 percentage points to 86.3%, compared to July 2016. In total the airlines of the Lufthansa Group carried more than 73 million passengers this year until July. The overall seat load factor reached a historical record with 80.2 percent.

The currency adjusted pricing environment in July was again positive. 

Cargo capacity increased 1.4% year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 8.4% in revenue ton-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding improvement, rising 4.3 percentage points in the month. 

Hub Airlines

The Network Airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss and Austrian Airlines carried 9.7 million passengers in July, 5.1% more than the previous year’s month. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 2.7% in July. The sales volume was up 3.4% over the same period, raising the seat load factor by 0.6 percentage points to 86.7%. 

Lufthansa German Airlines carried more than 6.4 million passengers in July, a 3.3% increase compared to the same month last year. A 1.1% increase in seat kilometers in July faced a 2% increase in sales. Hence, the seat load factor was up to 86.8%, therefore 0.8 percentage points above the prior-year level. 

Point-to-Point Airlines

The Lufthansa Group’s Point-to-Point Airlines – Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines – carried around 3.4 million passengers in July. Among this total, about 3.1 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 240,000 flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 73.2% in comparison to the previous year. July capacity was 105.8% above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 103.5%, resulting in a one percentage points lower seat load factor of 84.7% at the Point-to-Point Airlines. On the short-haul services, the available seat kilometers increased by 67.5%, at the same time, sales increased by 67.2% in the same period. This resulted in a nearly stable seat load factor, 0.1% below July 2016. The seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased by 7.4 percentage points to 85.6% during the same period. Here a 337.5% increase in supply faced a 302.5% increase in sales.

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