Lufthansa Group reaches 109 million passengers until September, almost 11% more

The Eurowings group takes off with an increase of more than 20%

Lufthansa Group transported 108.5 million passengers in the first nine months of the year, which is 10.9% more compared to the same period in 2017, after increasing its capacity by 7.9% and placing its occupation in 82%, 0.6 percentage points more, according to the data published by the company.

The German group, which includes Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and Brusels Airlines, operated a total of 924,954 flights in its entire network, an increase of 8.7%. From January to September, their demand increased by 8.7% compared to the same period of 2017.

In September, the largest European air group increased its passengers by 8.8% to 13.6 million, with an increase of 7.3% in the offer and 8.3% in traffic. The employment rate was 84.5%, 0.8 percentage points higher.

Only Lufthansa transported 53.3 million passengers from January to September, which is 7.1% more, with an increase of 4.4% in supply and 4.2% in demand. It operated 435,923 flights (+ 6.9%) with a load factor of 81.9%, 0.1 percentage points less. The increase in its ‘hub’ in Munich was greater (+ 10.8%) than in Frankfurt (+ 4.9%).

Last month its main airline increased its passengers by 6% to 6.6 million, with a 4.3% higher offer and 3.6% more demand. The load factor reached 84.1%, 0.5 percentage points less.


Eurowings Group, its point-to-point business that encompasses Eurowings and Brussels Airlines, increased the number of passengers by 20.2% to 29.4 million, after applying a 22.6% increase in its capacity and recording an increase of 25.3% in its demand. In addition, they operated altogether 16.8% more flights (244,653).

The load factor was 82.1% in this segment, 1.8 percentage points more than from January to September of the previous year. The highest growth was registered in its long-haul flights (+ 27.5%), compared to the increase in passengers on its short-haul flights (+ 19.6%).

In September, these two companies together increased their passengers by 14.4% (3.8 million), with 19.7% more supply and 21.3% more demand. The load factor stood at 85.3%, 1.1 percentage points higher.

As for the rest of the companies, Austrian Airlines increased its passengers by 8.2% (10.6 million) up to September, with an increase of 5.3% in the offer and 8.3% in traffic, and a factor of occupation of 79.6%, 2.2 percentage points more. From January to September, an additional 4.7% of flights operated.

SWISS raised its travelers by 9.5% in the first nine months of the year, reaching around 15.5 million with a 7.3% increase in supply and a 9% increase in demand. Its factor of occupation of 83.2% (1.3 percentage points more). Up to September it operated 4.7% 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% (61 million), with an increase of 8.3% in the offer and 9.8% in traffic. The load factor was 78%, 1.1 percentage points higher.

On the routes to America the number of passengers increased by 4.7% (8.9 million) from January to September, with a 4.2% higher offer and 4.9% more demand. The level of employment stood at 83.8%, 0.5 percentage points higher.

In the Asia-Pacific region, it added 5.3 million passengers, which was 3% more, with an offer 3.8% higher and an increase of 3.3% in demand. The level of employment was 84.9%, 0.4 percentage points less.

On routes to Africa and the Middle East, it transported 1.6% more passengers, up to 3.6 million, with 1.4% more supply and 1.9% more demand. The employment rate reached 79.1%, 0.4 percentage points higher.


Lufthansa Group cargo traffic grew 1.3% through September, with a 4.1% increase in supply. The load factor stood at 66.4%, 1.8 percentage points less. In the month of September, it reduced its demand for goods by 1.6% after a 6.2% increase in capacity.