The airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 11.2 million passengers in April 2017. This shows an increase of 25.1% compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometers were up 15.8% over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 25.2%. The seat load factor improved accordingly, rising 6.2 percentage points to 82.3%, compared to April 2016. As a result, Lufthansa Group has reached new record results for the month of April in the number of passengers, as well as the utilization of its aircraft.
Cargo capacity increased 3.8% year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 6.0% in revenue ton-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding improvement, rising 1.4 percentage points in the month.
The Network Airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss and Austrian Airlines carried 8.4 million passengers in April, 12.0% more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 5.5% in April, although the number of flights declined by 0.9%. The sales volume was up 14.1% over the same period, raising seat load factor by 6.2 percentage points to 82.4%.
Lufthansa German Airlines transported 5.7 million passengers in April, a 10.2% increase compared to the same month last year. A three-percent increase in seat kilometers in April was a 12% increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was up to 82.4%, therefore 6.6 percentage points above the prior-year level.
The Lufthansa Group’s Point-to-Point Airlines – Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines – carried around 2.8 million passengers in April. Among this total, 2.6 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 0.2 million flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 93.3% in comparison to the previous year. April capacity was 129.7% above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 148.4%, resulting in 6.2 percentage points higher seat load factor.
On short-haul services the Point-to-Point Airlines raised capacity 83% and increased sales volume by 102%, resulting in a 8.2 percentage points increase in seat load factor, compared to April 2016. The seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased 9.1 percentage points to 84.1% during the same period, following a 394.6% increase in capacity and a 346.1% rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year.