Lufthansa Group hits 95 million passengers until August, 11.2% more

Lufthansa Group transported 94.8 million passengers in the first eight months, which is 11.2% more compared to the same period in 2017, after increasing its capacity by 8% and placing its occupation factor at 81 , 6%, 0.6 percentage points more.

The German group, which includes Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and Brusels Airlines, operated a total of 813,719 flights in its entire network, an increase of 8.7%. From January to August, their demand increased by 8.8% with respect to the same period of 2017.

In August, the largest European air group increased its passengers by 10% to 13.7 million, with an increase of 8.2% in the offer and 8.7% in traffic. The employment rate was 86.4%, 0.5 percentage points higher.

Only Lufthansa transported 46.7 million passengers from January to August, which is 7.3% more, with an increase of 4.4% in supply and 4.3% in demand. In the first eight months it operated 383,883 flights (+ 6.7%) with an occupation factor of 81.6%, 0.1 percentage points less. The increase in its ‘hub’ in Munich was greater (+ 10.9%) than in Frankfurt (+ 5%).

Last month, its main airline increased its passengers by 7.3% to 6.5 million, with a 4% higher offer and 4.3% more demand. The load factor reached 86.1%, 0.3 percentage points higher.


Eurowings Group, its point-to-point business that includes Eurowings and Brussels Airlines, increased the number of passengers by 21.1% to 25.6 million, after applying a 23% increase in its capacity and registering an increase of 25%. , 9% on your demand. In addition, they operated altogether 17.1% more flights (214,668).

The load factor was 81.7% in this segment, 1.9 percentage points more than from January to August of the previous year. The highest growth was registered in its long-haul flights (+ 27.2%), compared to the increase in passengers on its short-haul flights (+ 20.6%).

In August, these two companies together increased their passengers by 15.8% (3.8 million), with 21.8% more supply and 22.2% more demand. The load factor stood at 86%, 0.3 percentage points higher.

As for the rest of the companies, Austrian Airlines increased its passengers by 8.5% (9.2 million) up to August, with an increase of 5% in the offer and 7.6% in traffic, and an increase in the passenger load factor. 78.8%, 1.9 percentage points more. From January to August it operated 5% more flights.

SWISS raised its passengers by 9.4% in the first eight months of the year, reaching around 13.6 million with a 7.7% increase in supply and an increase of 9.1% in demand. Its load factor of 82.9% (1 percentage point more). Up to August, it operated 4.4% more flights.


By market, Lufthansa Group recorded growth in all the regions in which it operates. On its routes in Europe its passengers increased by 9.2% (53.3 million), with an increase of 8.3% in the offer and 9.9% in traffic. The load factor was 77.5%, 1.2 percentage points higher.

In the routes to America the number of passengers increased by 4.6% (7.8 million) from January to August, with an offer of 4.1% higher and 4.9% more demand. The level of employment stood at 83.6%, 0.6 percentage points more.

In the Asia-Pacific region, it added 4.7 million passengers, which was 3% more, with a 4.2% higher offer and a 3.2% increase in demand. The level of employment was 84.6%, 0.8 percentage points less.

On the routes to Africa and the Middle East, it carried 1.9% more passengers, up to 3.2 million, with 1.6% more supply and 2.2% more demand. The employment rate reached 79%, 0.4 percentage points more.


Lufthansa Group cargo traffic grew by 1.7% until June, with 4.2% more supply. The load factor stood at 66.5%, 1.7 percentage points less. In the month of August, it reduced its demand for merchandise by 0.7% after a 3.6% increase in capacity.