In May 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 12.9 million passengers. This shows an increase of 11% compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometers were up 7.8% over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 8,3 percent. The seat load factor increased by 0.4 percentage points compared to May 2017 to 79.4%.
The currency-adjusted sales environment remained stable in May compared to the previous year.
Cargo capacity increased 6.8% year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 0.4% in revenue tonne-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding reduction, decreasing four percentage points in the month to 63.7%.
The Network Airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 9.3 million passengers in May, 7.8% more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 5.1% in May. The sales volume was up 4.8% over the same period, decreasing seat load factor by 0.2 percentage points to 79,2%.
Lufthansa German Airlines transported 6.2 million passengers in May, a 6.4% increase compared to the same month last year. A 4.4% increase in seat kilometers in April corresponds to a 3.1% increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was 79.2%, therefore one percentage points below the prior-year’s level. Lufthansa has grown particularly at its Munich hub, where Lufthansa has expanded its offering by 11 per cent compared to the same month last year. At the Frankfurt hub, supply increased by only 1.8 percent in the same period. The number of passengers increased by 8.1% in Munich in May compared to May 2017, and by 5.2% in Frankfurt.
The Eurowings Group carries with the airlines Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines carried around 3.4 million passengers in May. Among this total, 2.6 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 248,000 flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 20.1% in comparison to the previous year. May capacity was 21% above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 26.4%, resulting in a decreased seat load factor by 3.4 percentage points of 81.2%.
On short-haul services the Airlines raised capacity 17.4% and increased sales volume by 27.2%, resulting in a 6.3 percentage points decrease in seat load factor of 82.7%, compared to May 2017. The seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased by 3.2 percentage points to 74.7% during the same period, following a 29.8% increase in capacity and a 24.5% rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year.