In November 2018, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 10.6 million passengers. Despite a strong basis for comparison from the previous year, this corresponds to an increase of six percent compared with November 2017. The number of seat kilometers offered was 8.1 percent up on the previous year, while sales in¬creased by 8.6 percent. This results in a seat load factor of 78.1 percent, 0.3 per¬centage points higher than in November 2017.
Freight capacity in November was three per cent up on the previous year, and tonne-kilometers sold were 0.9 percent lower. This results in a 2.7 percentage point lower load factor of 68.4 percent.
Network airlines again increase seat load factor
The network airlines Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried a total of some 7.9 million passengers in November, 4.5 percent more than in the same month last year. The number of seat-kilometres offered in November was 6.7 percent up year-on-year. Sales rose by 7.2 percent in the same period. This increased the seat load factor by 0.4 percentage points to 78.6 percent.
Double-digit growth in sales in Munich, Zurich and Vienna
The strongest growth was recorded by the network airlines at the Vienna hub in November 2018 with passenger growth of 9.7 percent, followed by Zurich with eight percent, Munich with 2.6 percent and Frankfurt with 2.4 percent. The underlying offer increased by 13.5% in Munich, 9.5% in Zurich, 6.3% in Vienna and 2.7% in Frankfurt. Sales in Munich, Zurich and Vienna increased by 13.5 percent, 12 percent and 11.5 percent respectively. In Frankfurt, sales rose by 1.9 percent in this period.
Lufthansa welcomes around 5.5 million passengers on board in November
In November Lufthansa carried around 5.5 million passengers, 2.7 percent more than in the same period last year. A 5.9 percent increase in the number of seat kilometers in November was offset by a 5.2 percent increase in sales. At 78.8 percent, the seat load factor was 0.5 percentage points lower than in the same month last year.
Eurowings increases passenger numbers by more than ten percent
Eurowings (including Brussels Airlines) carried around 2.7 million passengers in November, of which around 2.5 million on short-haul flights and 250,000 on long-haul flights. This represents an increase of 10.6 percent on short-haul flights and 10.2 percent on long-haul flights over the previous year. A 15.1 percent increase in capacity in November was offset by a 15.8 percent increase in sales, resulting in a seat load factor of 75.6 per cent, an increase of 0.4 percentage points.
On short-haul routes, the number of seat-kilometres on offer was increased by 16.4 per cent in November, while the number of seat-kilometres sold rose by 14.5 percent over the same period. This results in a seat load factor on these flights that is 1.2 percentage points lower than the 72.9 per cent recorded in November 2017. On long-haul flights, the seat load factor rose by 3.2 percentage points to 80.2 per cent over the same period. The 13 percent increase in capacity was offset by a 17.8 percent increase in sales.