Lufthansa Group lifts passenger count in first half 2011
Lufthansa improves traffic performance in Europe through fleet modernisation and new cabin on European routes / Lufthansa Cargo still in plus
In the first six months of 2011, Deutsche Lufthansa AG carried 50.2 million passengers.
This represents an increase year over year of 10.1 per cent in the number of passengers opting to fly with carriers in the Lufthansa Passenger Airline Group. The Group raised capacity in the term by 11.9 per cent, while sales rose by 9.1 per cent. The seat load factor fell by 1.9 percentage points on the prior-year level to 75.4 per cent. Passenger numbers grew in all traffic regions but the biggest rise came in Europe, largely owing to the improved traffic performance of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines in the region: Larger aircraft and the introduction of the new cabin on European routes increased capacity in the first half 2011 as well as sales and the passenger count.
Overall, the Lufthansa Passenger Airlines raised the number of passengers in the first half by 14.8 per cent to a total of 31.2 million. Capacity was up by 14.5 per cent, sales by 11.4 per cent. The passenger load factor fell against the year-earlier level by 2.1 percentage points to 75.7 per cent. Passenger numbers for Lufthansa Passenger Airlines increased in all traffic regions and most of all in Europe as well. In the first half year, SWISS carried around 7.8 million passengers, a further 5.1 million flew with Austrian Airlines, around 2.8 million passengers chose to fly with bmi and around 3.4 million with Germanwings.
Lufthansa Cargo increased transported volumes by 14.8 per cent to 953,000 tonnes in the first six months and returned a high load factor of 69.1 per cent. The cargo carrier remained accordingly on the growth path at the halfway stage in 2011.
Jan-Jun 2011 Jan-Jun 2010 Change in %
Lufthansa Passenger Airlines1 / Lufthansa Cargo
Passengers in 1,000s 31,225 27,190 14.8
Available seat-kilometres (m) 87,978 76,865 14.5
Revenue passenger-kilometres (m) 66,621 59,815 11.4
Passenger load factor (%) 75.7 77.8 -2.1pts
Cargo/Mail in 1,000 t 953 830 14.8
Cargo load factor (%) 69.1 72.4 -3.3pts
Passengers in 1,000s 7,774 7,032 10.6
Passenger load factor (%) 79.3 80.2 -0.9pts
Passengers in 1,000s 5,094 5,001 1.9
Passenger load factor (%) 70.8 74.2 -3.4pts
Passengers in 1,000s 2,753 2,947 -6.6
Passenger load factor (%) 64.8 68.3 -3.5pts
Passengers in 1,000s 3,388 3,457 -2.0
Passenger load factor (%) 74.2 74.0 0.2pts
Passengers in 1,000s 50,234 45,627 10.1
Number of flights 557,760 526,934 5.9
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Deutsche Lufthansa AG is an Aviation Group comprising around 400 subsidiaries and affiliates. The Lufthansa Group is dedicated to quality and innovation, safety and reliability. Headquartered in Germany, the Group operates in five business segments – passenger transportation (Passenger Airline Group), logistics, MRO, catering and IT services. Passenger transportation is the Group’s core business: The airlines engaged in the passenger transportation business are Lufthansa Passenger Airlines (including Lufthansa Regional and Lufthansa Italia) Austrian Airlines, British Midland, SWISS and Germanwings as well as stakeholdings in Brussels Airlines, JetBlue und SunExpress. In the 2010 business year, the airlines in the Lufthansa Group welcomed more than 90 million passengers on board their flights, making it Europe’s leading airline grouping. Operating through the Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, London-Heathrow, Brussels and Zurich hubs, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, British Midland, Brussels Airlines and SWISS jointly serve 283 destinations in 105 countries on four continents. The Group fleet currently consists of 710 aircraft – on order are another 155, valued at a total of 15 billion euros at list price and scheduled for delivery between 2010 and 2016. With its ongoing expenditure in fleet renewal, the Group is consistently making the fleet more cost-efficient and its operations more environment-friendly. End of 2010 the Lufthansa Group employed more than 117,000 people. In the 2010 business year, it returned revenues totalling 27.3 billion euros. The Group is managed by an Executive Board of four members: Christoph Franz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Carsten Spohr, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa German Airlines, Stefan Lauer, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Officer Group Airlines and Corporate Human Resources, and Stephan Gemkow, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial Officer. More details at www.lufthansa.com.