Lufthansa Group with new passenger and seat load factor records in the first half of 2017

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  • Group Airlines welcomed around 60 million passengers on board in the first half of 2017 – more than ever before
  • Historical records were also reached for supply, sales and utilisation
  • In June, the Group Airlines welcomed around 12 million passengers on board and therefore 18% more than one year before
  • Seat load factor in June was 82.8%, therefore up 2.6 percentage points above prior-year’s level; all Group airlines also showed increase
  • Pricing environment continues to be positive
 

The airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed on board around 12 million passengers in June 2017. This shows an increase of 18% compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometres were up 12.3% over the previous year; at the same time, sales increased by 15.9%. The seat load factor improved accordingly, rising 2.6 percentage points to 82.8%, compared to June 2016.

The currency adjusted pricing environment in June was positive.

In the first half of the year, around 60 million passengers were transported, 17.2% more than in the first half of 2016. Overall, the Lufthansa Group carried more passengers than ever before in the first half of 2017. The seat load factor has reached a historical peak of 79%. The figure was 2.7 percentage points higher than in the previous year.

Cargo capacity increased 2.9% year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 8.1% in revenue ton-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding improvement, rising 3.3 percentage points in the month. Overall, the cargo capacity in the first half of 2017 was 2.9% higher than in the previous year. At the same time, cargo sales in this period increased by 7.1%, resulting in a load factor of 2.7 higher percentage points.

Network Airlines

The Network Airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 8.8 million passengers in June, 6.7% more than in the prior-year period and therefore up to 5.1% more than the previous year’s month. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 2.6% in June, at the same time the number of flights were reduced by 1.9%. The sales volume was up 6.2% over the same period, raising the seat load factor by 2.8 percentage points to 83.2%. In the first half of the year, the Network Airlines carried 45.5 million passengers and therefore 5.9% more than in the same period of the previous year. During this period, the seat load factor for Network Airlines increased by 3 percentage points to 79.3%.

Lufthansa German Airlines transported around six million passengers in June, a 2.7% increase compared to the same month last year. A 0.5% increase in available seat kilometers in June faced a 4% increase in sales. Hence, the seat load factor was up to 84%, therefore 2.9 percentage points above the prior-year level. In the first half of 2017, Lufthansa German Airlines carried 31.2 million passengers, 4.8% more than in the same period of the previous year. At 79.9%, the seat load factor was 3.4 percentage points higher than in the first half of 2016. As a result, Lufthansa German Airlines was able to achieve a historic peak of its flight capacity in both June and the first half of the year.

Point-to-point Airlines

The Lufthansa Group’s point-to-point airlines – Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines – carried around 3.2 million passengers in June. Among this total, 3 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 0.2 million flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 79% in comparison to the previous year. June capacity was 108.7% above its prior-year level, while the sales volume was up 114.2%, resulting in an increase in seat load factor by 2.1 percentage points, equaling 80.9%. On the short-haul services, the available seat kilometers increased by 73.5%, at the same time, sales increased by 79.4% in the same period. This resulted in a 2.7 percentage points higher seat load factor on these flights than in June 2016. The seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased by 1.4 percentage points to 80.8% during the same period; a 329.5% increase in supply was offset by a 322.3% increase in sales.

The point-to-point airlines carried a total of 14.5 million passengers in the first half of the year, 76.1% more than in the same period of the previous year. At 77.4%, the seat load factor was 0.9 percentage points higher than in the previous year.

 

Lufthansa Group
Month yoy Cumulative yoy
Total Lufthansa Group Airlines Passengers in 1,000 11,980 +18.0% 59,990 +17.2%
Available seat-kilometers (m) 28,905 +12.3% 154,240 +11.7%
Revenue seat-kilometers (m) 23,929 +15.9% 121,882 +15.6%
Passenger load-factor (%) 82.8 +2.6pts. 79.0 +2.7pts.
Available Cargo tonne-kilometers (m) 1,322 +2.9% 7,496 +2.9%
Revenue Cargo tonne-kilometers (m) 903 +8.1% 5,174 +7.1%
Cargo load-factor (%) 68.3 +3.3pts. 69.0 +2.7pts.
Number of flights 100,115 +9.7% 543,654 +8.4%
Lufthansa German Airlines Passengers in 1,000 5,972 +2.7% 31,225 +4.8%
Available seat-kilometers (m) 16,744 +0.5% 91,006 +0.3%
Revenue seat-kilometers (m) 14,061 +4.0% 72,731 +4.9%
Passenger load-factor (%) 84.0 +2.9pts. 79.9 +3.4pts.
Number of flights 46,775 -3.6% 264,176 -2.3%
SWISS Passengers in 1,000 1,639 +5.8% 8,764 +6.1%
Available seat-kilometers (m) 4,776 +6.5% 26,855 +8.1%
Revenue seat-kilometers (m) 3,954 +10.7% 21,464 +11.8%
Passenger load-factor (%) 82.8 +3.2pts. 79.9 +2.6pts.
Number of flights 14,008 -4.0% 80,096 -2.9%
Austrian Airlines Passengers in 1,000 1,262 +16.7% 5,782 +13.5%
Available seat-kilometers (m) 2,507 +9.8% 12,298 +7.6%
Revenue seat-kilometers (m) 1,968 +13.6% 9,045 +8.2%
Passenger load-factor (%) 78.5 +2.6pts. 73.6 +0.4pts.
Number of flights 13,187 +7.4% 68,278 +4.9%
Total
Network Airlines*
Passengers in 1,000 8,823 +5.1% 45,485 +5.9%
Available seat-kilometers (m) 23,996 +2.6% 129,980 +2.5%
Revenue seat-kilometers (m) 19,959 +6.2% 103,104 +6.5%
Passenger load-factor (%) 83.2 +2.8pts. 79.3 +3.0pts.
Number of flights 73,270 -1.9% 408,378 -1.5%
* Lufthansa German Airlines incl. regional airlines, SWISS incl. Edelweiss Air, Austrian Airlines
Total
Point-to-Point
Airlines*
Passengers in 1,000 3,157 +79.0% 14,505 +76.1%
Available seat-kilometers (m) 4,909 +108.7% 24,260 +115.5%
Revenue seat-kilometers (m) 3,970 +114.2% 18,778 +118.0%
Passenger load-factor (%) 80.9 +2.1pts. 77.4 +0.9pts.
Number of flights 26,039 +64.7% 130,617 +58.7%
* Incl. Eurowings and Brussels Airlines
Additional references
Pricing environment Positive (excl. currency)
Comments Three public holidays in Germany in June
Next Investor Info 9 August 2017
 

 

Network Airlines & Cargo*

By region Month yoy Cumulative yoy
Europe Passengers in 1,000 6,789 +4.7% 34,723 +5.7%
Available seat-kilometers (m) 7,029 +3.8% 36,923 +2.8%
Revenue seat-kilometers (m) 5,546 +6.8% 27,391 +6.3%
Passenger load-factor (%) 78.9 +2.2pts. 74.2 +2.4pts.
Available Cargo tonne-kilometers (m) 59 -10.3% 346 -6.4%
Revenue Cargo tonne-kilometers (m) 31 -0.5% 180 -2.1%
Cargo load-factor (%) 51.8 +5.1pts. 52.2 +2.3pts.
America
(North und South)
Passengers in 1,000 1,079 +3.8% 5,256 +4.6%
Available seat-kilometers (m) 9,494 +1.3% 49,458 +2.4%
Revenue seat-kilometers (m) 8,209 +4.7% 40,100 +5.2%
Passenger load-factor (%) 86.5 +2.9pts. 81.1 +2.2pts.
Available Cargo tonne-kilometers (m) 611 +2.5% 3,390 +2.4%
Revenue Cargo tonne-kilometers (m) 386 +7.6% 2,233 +6.5%
Cargo load-factor (%) 63.2 +3.0pts. 65.9 +2.6pts.
Asia/Pacific Passengers in 1,000 598 +4.7% 3,278 +6.4%
Available seat-kilometers (m) 5,623 -0.1% 31,551 +0.2%
Revenue seat-kilometers (m) 4,819 +4.5% 26,423 +6.9%
Passenger load-factor (%) 85.7 +3.8pts. 83.7 +5.2pts.
Available Cargo tonne-kilometers (m) 540 +5.5% 3,042 +5.2%
Revenue Cargo tonne-kilometers (m) 420 +9.2% 2,373 +9.5%
Cargo load-factor (%) 77.7 +2.6pts. 78 +3.0pts.
Middle East/
Africa
Passengers in 1,000 357 +19.7% 2,227 +11.7%
Available seat-kilometers (m) 1,850 +13.9% 12,047 +8.2%
Revenue seat-kilometers (m) 1,385 +20.4% 9,190 +12.2%
Passenger load-factor (%) 74.9 +4.1pts. 76.3 +2.8pts.
Available Cargo tonne-kilometers (m) 112 +0.5% 718 +0.6%
Revenue Cargo tonne-kilometers (m) 66 +7.9% 386 +1.4%
Cargo load-factor (%) 58.8 +4.0pts. 53.8 +0.4pts.
* Lufthansa German Airlines incl. regional airlines, SWISS incl. Edelweiss Air, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo
Point-to-Point Airlines*
Month yoy Cumulative yoy
Short-haul Passengers in 1,000 2,958 +71.5% 13,328 +67.1%
Available seat-kilometers (m) 3,521 +73.5% 16,069 +73.5%
Revenue seat-kilometers (m) 2,849 +79.4% 12,071 +77.7%
Passenger load-factor (%) 80.9 +2.7pts. 75.1 +1.8pts.
Long-haul Passengers in 1,000 199 +414.0% 1,177 +344.9%
Available seat-kilometers (m) 1,388 +329.5% 8,191 +309.9%
Revenue seat-kilometers (m) 1,121 +322.3% 6,707 +268.0%
Passenger load-factor (%) 80.8 -1.4pts. 81.9 -9.3pts.
* Incl. Eurowings and Brussels Airlines
11.07.2017 Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Media Relations Lufthansa Group Press Release 

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