Lufthansa Group: More passengers in first quarter 2012

The airlines in the Lufthansa Group carried a total of 4.8 per cent more passengers in the first quarter 2012 than in the same term last time round. All in all, 21.9 million passengers opted to fly with Lufthansa, Germanwings, SWISS or Austrian Airlines.

Besides lifting passenger figures in the first three months, all the carriers in the Passenger Airline Group raised the average seat load factor of their aircraft. The seat load factor rose group-wide by 1.3 percentage points to 74.2 per cent. Capacity was increased by 2.6 per cent sales were up by 4.4 per cent.

Lufthansa Passenger Airlines carried a total of 15.8 million passengers in the three-month term in 2012, an increase of 4.1 per cent on the year-earlier level. Capacity was up by 1.6 per cent, while sales increased by 3.5 per cent. The seat load factor rose accordingly on the prior-year level by 1.3 percentage points to 73.8 per cent.

SWISS transported around 3.8 million passengers in the first quarter, Austrian Airlines carried close to 2.4 million passengers.

Volumes at Lufthansa Cargo fell by 9.3 per cent in the first three months of the present year compared with a strong first quarter in 2011. During the term, the cargo carrier in the Lufthansa Group carried a total of 426,00 tonnes of freight and mail. Capacity was reduced by 8.2 per cent against the level in the previous year. The load factor slightly fell by 0.4 percentage points to 69.5 per cent.

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