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Lufthansa Group increases seat load factor by 2.7 percentage points

12.06.17

• Group Airlines welcomed around 11.6 million passengers on board and therefore 18.7 percent more than one year before • Currency adjusted pricing environment was positive

The airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 11.6 million passengers in May 2017. This shows an increase of 18.7% compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometers were up 12.2% over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 16.2%. The seat load factor improved accordingly, rising 2.7 percentage points to 79%, compared to May 2016.

The currency adjusted pricing environment in May was positive. 

Cargo capacity increased 0.8% year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 7.2% in revenue ton-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding improvement, rising 4 percentage points in the month. 

Hub Airlines

The Network Airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss and Austrian Airlines carried 8.6 million passengers in May, 6.7% more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 2.2% in May. The sales volume was up 6.9% over the same period, raising seat load factor by 3.5 percentage points to 79.4%. 

Lufthansa German Airlines transported 5.9 million passengers in May, a 6.7% increase compared to the same month last year. A 0.5% increase in seat kilometers in May was a 6.4% increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was up to 80.2%, therefore 4.5 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 million passengers in May. Among this total, 2.8 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 0.2 million flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 74.2% in comparison to the previous year. May capacity was 116.3% above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 107.4%, resulting in 3.3 percentage points lower seat load factor. 

On short-haul services the Point-to-Point Airlines raised capacity 76.3% and increased sales volume by 70.7%, resulting in a 2.5 percentage points decrease in seat load factor, compared to May 2016. The seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased 10.3 percentage points to 77.8% during the same period, following a 389.7% increase in capacity and a 332.6% rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG
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Month

yoy

Cumulative

yoy

Total Lufthansa Group Airlines

Passengers in 1,000

11,603

+18.7%

48,005

+17.0%

Available seat-kilometers (m)

29,002

+12.2%

125,335

+11.6%

Revenue seat-kilometers (m)

22,904

+16.2%

97,954

+15.5%

Passenger load-factor (%)

79.0

+2.7pts.

78.2

+2.7pts.

Available Cargo tonne-kilometers (m)

1,332

+0.8%

6,183

+3.0%

Revenue Cargo tonne-kilometers (m)

903

+7.2%

4,300

+7.6%

Cargo load-factor (%)

67.8

+4.0pts.

69.5

+2.9pts.

Number of flights

102,184

+11.9%

443,545

+8.1%

Lufthansa German Airlines

Passengers in 1,000

5,863

+6.7%

25,253

+5.3%

Available seat-kilometers (m)

16,983

+0.5%

74,262

+0.3%

Revenue seat-kilometers (m)

13,617

+6.4%

58,669

+5.1%

Passenger load-factor (%)

80.2

+4.5pts.

79.0

+3.6pts.

Number of flights

48,308

+0.4%

217,401

-2.0%

SWISS

Passengers in 1,000

1,574

+1.2%

7,125

+6.2%

Available seat-kilometers (m)

4,711

+5.1%

22,079

+8.5%

Revenue seat-kilometers (m)

3,740

+7.6%

17,511

+12.1%

Passenger load-factor (%)

79.4

+1.8pts.

79.3

+2.5pts.

Number of flights

14,281

-4.2%

66,088

-2.7%

Austrian Airlines

Passengers in 1,000

1,195

+15.1%

4,519

+12.6%

Available seat-kilometers (m)

2,442

+9.1%

9,791

+7.1%

Revenue seat-kilometers (m)

1,809

+9.5%

7,080

+6.8%

Passenger load-factor (%)

74.1

+0.3pts.

72.3

-0.2pts.

Number of flights

13,172

+5.8%

55,091

+4.3%

Total
Network Airlines*

Passengers in 1,000

8,582

+6.7%

36,657

+6.1%

Available seat-kilometers (m)

24,105

+2.2%

105,984

+2.5%

Revenue seat-kilometers (m)

19,142

+6.9%

83,146

+6.6%

Passenger load-factor (%)

79.4

+3.5pts.

78.5

+3.0pts.

Number of flights

75,053

+0.4%

335,108

-1.5%

* Lufthansa German Airlines incl. regional airlines, SWISS incl. Edelweiss Air, Austrian Airlines

Total
Point-to-Point
Airlines*

Passengers in 1,000

3,021

+74.2%

11,348

+75.3%

Available seat-kilometers (m)

4,897

+116.3%

19,351

+117.3%

Revenue seat-kilometers (m)

3,762

+107.4%

14,808

+119.0%

Passenger load-factor (%)

76.8

-3.3pts.

76.5

+0.6pts.

Number of flights

26,334

+67.2%

104,578

+57.3%

* Incl. Eurowings and Brussels Airlines

Additional references

Pricing environment

Positive (excl. currency)

Comments

Shift of three public holidays in Germany to June

Next Investor Info

11 July 2017

* Incl. Eurowings and Brussels Airlines


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