In March 2019, the Lufthansa Group airlines welcomed more than 11 million passengers.
This shows an increase of 1.7 per cent compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometres were up 4.9 per cent over the previous year.
At the same time, sales increased by 4.1 per cent. In addition as compared to March 2018, the seat load factor increased by 0.7 percentage points to 80.5 per cent. This was partially due to the postponement of the Easter holidays, which fell into March last year.
In the first quarter of 2019 as a whole, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed more than 29 million passengers, 3.1 per cent more than in the first quarter of the previous year. At 77.9 per cent, the seat load factor in the first quarter was on a par with the previous year.
Cargo capacity in March was 10.5 per cent up on the previous year, while the tonne-kilometres sold were 1.1 per cent lower.
This results in a load factor of 64.7 per cent, which is 7.6 percentage points lower. In the first three months of 2019, freight capacity was increased by 8.6 per cent. Sales fell by 3 per cent in the same period. This results in a 7.5 percentage point lower cargo load factor.
Network Airlines with around 8.4 million passengers
The network airlines Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried a total of around 8.4 million passengers in March, 2.5 per cent more than in the same month last year, although some of the Easter holidays last year were in March.
In March, the number of seat-kilometres on offer was increased by 4.4 per cent compared with the previous year. Sales rose by 3.2 per cent in the same period. This reduced the seat load factor by 1.0 percentage points to 80.2 per cent.
In the first quarter of 2019 as whole, Network Airlines carried around 22 million passengers, 3.3 per cent more than in the same period of the previous year.
The seat load factor fell by 0.1 percentage points to 77.8 per cent in this period. This was based on a 5.6 per cent increase in the number of seats on offer and a 5.5 per cent increase in sales.
Vienna hub with strongest passenger growth
The strongest growth was recorded by the network airlines at the Vienna hub in March, with passenger growth of 7 per cent. In Zurich, the number of passengers rose by 3.6 per cent year-on-year in March, in Munich by 2 per cent and in Frankfurt by 0.7 per cent.
The number of seat-kilometres also increased at different rates: in Zurich by 9 per cent, in Munich by 8.9 per cent, in Vienna by 2.2 per cent and in Frankfurt by 0.9 per cent.
In the first quarter of 2019, the number of passengers rose by 7.3 per cent in Vienna, 5.4 per cent in Zurich, 1.9 per cent in Munich and 1.7 per cent in Frankfurt.
In the same period, the number of flights increased by 11 per cent in Munich, 9.6 per cent in Zurich, 6.9 per cent in Vienna and 1.5 per cent in Frankfurt.
Lufthansa German Airlines transported 5.8 million passengers in March, a 1.4 per cent increase compared to the same month last year. A 3.3 per cent increase in seat kilometres corresponds to a 1.8 per cent increase in sales.
The seat load factor fell by 1.2 percentage points to 80.3 per cent. In the first three months of 2019 Lufthansa was able to increase the number of passengers carried by 2 per cent to around 15 million.
The seat load factor fell by 0.5 percentage points to 77.6 per cent due to a 4.3 per cent increase in capacity and a 3.6 per cent increase in sales.