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Lufthansa Group passenger traffic climbs in September

Lufthansa Group’s point-to-point airlines – Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines – saw passenger figures during September climb over 77% compared to last year.

The airlines carried around 3.4 million passengers in September, amounting to an increase of 77.3% in comparison to last year. Of this, 3.1 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 220,000 flew long-haul. Capacity in September was 107.2% above the previous year level while its sale volume was up 108.4%.

On short-haul services the pair raised capacity 69.3% and increased sales volume by 75.4% resulting in a 3.0 percentage points increase in a seat load factor of 85.6%, compared to September 2016. Meanwhile, seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased 8.8 percentage points to 80.9% during the same period, following a 329.5% increase in capacity and a 287.2% rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year. Passenger numbers on long-haul flights with the point-to-point airlines in September was around 4.5 times higher than a year before.

The point-to-point airlines carried a total of 24.5 million passengers in the first nine months of the year, 75.8% more than in the same period of last year. At 80.3%, the seat load factor was 0.3 percentage points higher than in the previous year.

The network airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 9.3 million passengers in September, 5.1% more than in the prior-year period. In the first nine months of the year, network airlines carried 73.9 million passengers, 5.8% more than the same period last year. Seat load factor rose by 1.5 percentage points to 83.7%

Overall, the Lufthansa Group carried more passengers than ever before in the first nine months of 2017 with around 98.4 million passengers, 17.5% more than in the same period of 2016. Seat load factor reached a historical peak of 81.4%, 2.1 percentage points higher than the previous year. In September 2017, the group airlines welcomed around 12.7 million passengers, an increase of 17.8% compared to the same month last year.

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