In January 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 8.7 million passengers. This shows an increase of 10.1 per cent compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometers were up 8 per cent over the previous year, at the same time sales increased by 7.4 per cent. The seat load factor decreased by 0.4 percentage points compared to January 2017 to 75.6 per cent.
The currency adjusted yield indication developed positively again in January compared to previous year. Cargo capacity increased 7.7 per cent year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 9.3 per cent in revenue tonne-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding improvement, rising 0.9 percentage points in the month.
The Network Airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 6.5 million passengers in January, 5.4 per cent more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 5.4 per cent in January. The sales volume was up 3.9 per cent over the same period, decreasing seat load factor by 1.1 percentage points to 75.7 per cent. Lufthansa German Airlines transported 4.5 million passengers in January, a 5.7 per cent increase compared to the same month last year. A 6.1 per cent increase in seat kilometers in January corresponds to a 4.8 per cent increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was 76.6 per cent, therefore one percentage point below the prior-year’s level.
The Lufthansa Group’s Point-to-Point Airlines – Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines – carried around 2.2 million passengers in January. Among this total, 1.9 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 236,000 flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 27.3 per cent in comparison to the previous year. January capacity was 23.8 per cent above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 30.2 per cent, resulting in an increased seat load factor by 3.6 percentage points of 74.8 per cent.
On short-haul services, the Point-to-Point Airlines raised capacity 25 per cent and increased sales volume by 35.5 per cent, resulting in a 5.4 percentage points increase in seat load factor of 69.2 per cent, compared to January 2017. The seat load factor for the long-haul services increased 1.4 percentage points to 82.8 per cent during the same period, following a 22.2 per cent increase in capacity and a 24.3 per cent 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 January by about a quarter (24.3 per cent) compared to last year.