In April 2019, the Lufthansa Group airlines welcomed 12,5 million passengers. This shows an increase of 3.0 percent compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometres were up 4.0 percent over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 6.5 percent. In addition as compared to April 2018, the seat load factor rose by 2.0 percentage points to 83.3 percent.
Cargo capacity increased by 9.3 percent year-on-year, while cargo sales decreased by 4.2 percent in revenue tonne-kilometre terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding reduction, decreasing by 8.4 percentage points to 59.3 percent.
Network Airlines with more than 9.3 million passengers
The Network Airlines including Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried more than 9.3 million passengers in April – 5.0 percent more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometres increased by 4.1 percent in April. The sales volume was up by 6.7 percent over the same period, with an increasing seat load factor by 2.0 percentage points to 83.3 percent.
Strongest passenger growth at Vienna hub
In April, the strongest passenger growth of the network airlines was recorded at the Vienna hub with 5.9 percent. The number of passengers increased by 4.3 percent in Frankfurt and Zurich each, in Munich they increased by 2.6 percent. The underlying offer also increased to varying degrees: in Vienna by 6.8 percent, in Munich by 6.2 percent, in Zurich by 4.6 percent and in Frankfurt by 1.9 percent.
Lufthansa German Airlines transported more than 6.2 million passengers in April, a 4.9 percent increase compared to the same month last year. A 3.6 percent increase in seat kilometres corresponds to a 6.4 percent increase in sales. The seat load factor rose by 2.2 percentage points to 82.9 per cent.
Eurowings increases supply and sales
Eurowings (including Brussels Airlines) carried around 3.2 million passengers in April. Among this total, 2.9 million passengers were on short-haul flights and around 300,000 flew on long-haul flights. This corresponds to a reduction of 2.3 per cent compared with the previous year, resulting from a reduction of 4.1 per cent on short-haul flights and an increase of 19.1 per cent on long-haul flights. April capacity was 3.4 percent above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 5.8 percent, resulting in an increase of seat load factor by 1.9 percentage points to 83.1 percent.
In April, the number of seat-kilometres offered on short-haul routes was decreased by 3.4 per cent, while the number of seat-kilometres sold decreased by 0.6 per cent over the same period. This results in a seat load factor of 82.6 per cent, which is 2.3 percentage points higher on these flights. On long-haul flights, the seat load factor increased by 0.8 percentage points to 84.1 per cent over the same period. The 18.0 per cent increase in capacity was offset by a 19.1 per cent increase in sIN ales.
All new Brussels Airlines short/medium haul aircraft will be painted into the Eurowings livery
Earlier this week, Aviation24.be reported that Brussels Airlines’ latest Airbus A320 will be painted into the Eurowings-livery. But there is more:
All future Brussels Airlines short-haul and medium-haul aircraft will be painted in the Eurowings livery. As a result, the integration of the Belgian Lufthansa subsidiary into the Eurowings Group is progressing. The flights, however, would still be carried out in the AOC of Brussels Airlines, a spokeswoman confirmed to German airliners.de.
According to the spokeswoman, the reason for the unification is to develop Eurowings into a “leading pan-European airline with a strong European brand“.