Lufthansa Group Airlines welcomed over 145 million passengers on board in 2019

In 2019, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group carried a total of 145 million passengers on board.
In 2019, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group carried a total of 145 million passengers on board.

In 2019, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group carried a total of 145 million passengers on board.

This represents an increase of 2.3 per cent compared to the previous year. With around 1.2 million flights the seat load factor amounted 82.5 per cent.

This represents an increase of 1.0 percentage points. Both figures thus exceed the record figures of the previous year.

The network airlines recorded an increase in the number of passengers in 2019, in particular at the hubs in Zurich (+5.7 per cent), Vienna (+5.1 per cent and Munich (+2.5 per cent. The number of passengers at the Frankfurt hub grew by 0.4 per cent in 2019.

In December, the freight capacity was 0.3 per cent higher than in the previous year and the tonne-kilometres sold declined by 3.6 per cent.

This results in a payload factor of 63.9 per cent, which is 2.6 percentage points lower. In 2019, total freight capacity was 6.3 per cent higher than in the previous year.

At the same time, sales decreased by 2.1 per cent in this period. At 61.4 per cent, the load factor was 5.3 percentage points lower than in the previous year. 

In December 2019, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 10 million passengers on board their aircraft.

 This corresponds to a decrease of 0.3 per cent over the same month last year. The number of seat kilometres offered was 0.3 per cent up on the previous year, while sales increased by 3.3 per cent.

 This results in a seat load factor of 81.0 percent, 2.4 percentage points higher than in December 2018.

Network airlines

The network airlines Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried a total of some 7.5 million passengers in December, 2.5 per cent more than in the same month last year.

 The number of seat-kilometres offered in December was 2.9 per cent up on the same month last year.

Sales in seat kilometres rose by 6.3 per cent in the same period. The seat load factor increased by 2.6 percentage points to 81.3 per cent.

The number of passengers in December rose by 4.9 per cent at the Zurich hub, by 4.4 per cent in Vienna and by 2 per cent in Munich. In Frankfurt, the number of passengers declined by 1.3 per cent in the same period.

In total, the network airlines carried around 107 million passengers last year, 3.2 per cent more than in the same period last year. The seat load factor for network airlines rose by 1.0 percentage points to 82.5 per cent during this period. 

Eurowings

In point-to-point traffic, the Lufthansa Group carried 2.4 million passengers with the airlines Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines in December, of which around 2.2 million on short-haul flights and 258,000 on long-haul flights.

This represents a decrease of 7.9 per cent over the previous year. The 11.3 per cent decrease in the number of flights on offer in December was offset by a 10.1 per cent decrease in sales.

 At 79.1 per cent, the seat load factor was 1.0 percentage points higher than in the same month last year.

On short-haul routes, the number of seat-kilometres offered was decreased by 9.6 per cent in December, while the number of seat-kilometres sold decreased by 5.7 per cent over the same period.

At 77.5 per cent, the seat load factor was 3.2 percentage points higher than in the same month last year.

On long-haul routes, the seat load factor decreased by 1.8 percentage points to 83.1 per cent over the same period. The 13.5 per cent decrease in capacity was offset by a 15.4 per cent decrease in sales. 

In 2019, the Eurowings Group carried a total of around 28.1 million passengers, 1.4 per cent less than in the previous year. At 82.6 per cent, the seat load factor during this period was 1.2 percentage points higher than in the previous year.

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