With 130 million passengers, the airlines of Lufthansa Group reach an all-time high in 2017

  • Airlines continue to set new records for passenger numbers and load factors
  • 9.3 million passengers flew with the Lufthansa Group Airlines in December, therefore 19.9 % more than in the previous year
  • Point-to-point traffic drives growth of Lufthansa Group Airlines
  • Seat load factor improved by 1.1 percentage points up to 78.9%
  • Currency adjusted yield indication continued to develop positively

In December 2017, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed approximately 9.3 million passengers. This displays an increase of 19.9% compared to the previous December.. The available seat kilometers increased 14.2% over the previous year and, at the same time, sales increased by 15.9%. The seat load factor improved accordingly, rising 1.1 percentage points compared to December 2016, to a sum of 78.9%. In total, the airlines of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 130 million passengers on board their aircraft in 2017 and with this number, set a new passenger record. The seat load factor on the 1.1 million flights last year remained at a record high of 80.9 %.

The currency adjusted yield indication continued to develop positively throughout December.

Cargo capacity increased 6.6% year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 5.8% in revenue ton-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor decreased 0.5 percentage points in December. Overall, the cargo capacity in 2017 was 3.3% higher than in the previous year. At the same time, cargo sales in this period increased by 7.4%, resulting in a load factor of 2.7 percentage points greater than in 2016.

Network Airlines

The Network Airlines (Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines) carried seven million passengers in December, 7.4% more than in the prior-year period. Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 4.5% in December. The sales volume was up 5.8% over the same period, raising seat load factor by 1 percentage point to 78.7%. In 2017, the Network Airlines carried 97.4 million passengers, and therefore 6.8% more than in the previous year. During this period, the seat load factor for Network Airlines increased by 2.1 percentage points to 81.1%.

Lufthansa German Airlines transported 4.7 million passengers in December, a 7.3% increase compared to the same month last year. A 4.2% increase in seat kilometers in December corresponds to a 5.1% increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was up to 79.2%, a total of 0.7 percentage points above the prior-year’s level. In 2017, Lufthansa German Airlines carried 66.2 million passengers, 6.1% more than in the previous year. At 81.6%, the seat load factor was 2.5 percentage points higher than in 2016.

Point-to-Point Airlines

The Lufthansa Group’s Point-to-Point Airlines – Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines – carried around 2.4 million passengers in December. Among this total, 2.1 million passengers were on short-haul flights and 251,000 flew long-haul. This amounts to an increase of 80.3% in comparison to the previous year. December’s capacity was 107.2% above its prior-year level, while its sales volume was up 113%, resulting in an increased seat load factor of 2.2 percentage points to 79.4%.

On short-haul services, the Point-to-Point Airlines raised capacity 77.7% and increased sales volume by 90.1%. This resulted in a seat load factor increase of 5.0 percentage points compared to December 2016, totaling to 77.0%. The seat load factor for the long-haul services decreased 5.7 percentage points to 82.7% during the same period, following a 170.1% increase in capacity and a 152.8% rise in sales volume, compared to the previous year.

The Point-to-Point Airlines carried a total of 32.6 million passengers in 2017, 77.0% more than in the previous year. At 79.9%, the seat load factor was 0.3 percentage points higher than in 2016.

About Lufthansa
One of the world's largest, most prestigious airlines, and Europe’s only 5-Star airline, Lufthansa, serving 22 North American gateways, currently flies to 211 destinations in 74 countries. The air carrier offers hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. With the Lufthansa Group acquisition of Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines, additional hubs include Vienna, Brussels, and Zurich. The entire Group flew a total of 130 million passengers in 2017. In 2017’s winter schedule, the Group airlines offer almost 5,158 weekly frequencies to 193 destinations in 75 countries worldwide. As an industry innovator, Lufthansa has long been committed to environmental care and sustainability, operating one of the most technologically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleets in the world. Its long-haul fleet to and from North America includes the Boeing 747-8,the Airbus A380 and the Airbus A350-900, which are some of the most environmentally-friendly passenger aircraft in the aviation industry. Lufthansa is the largest European operator of the A380 and was also the launch customer for the Boeing 747-8. The Lufthansa Group currently has 180 new aircraft on order to be delivered by 2025. Known for its premium services, Lufthansa continues to build new or upgrade existing lounge facilities across its worldwide network. Lufthansa’s entire long-haul fleet now features all new onboard products in each class and is equipped with its onboard broadband wireless Internet service, FlyNet. For more information or reservations, visit LH.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (‘lufthansa’).