Lufthansa Group reaches 67 million passengers until June, almost 12% more

The sum of Eurowings and Brussels Airlines contributed 26.7% to the total passenger volume

Lufthansa Group transported 66.9 million passengers in the first half, representing 11.9% more compared to the same period in 2017, after increasing its capacity by 8.2%, and placing its load factor in 79.8%, 0.8 percentage points more.

The German group, which includes Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and Brusels Airlines, operated a total of 589,964 operations in its entire network, up 8.5%. From January to June, their demand increased by 9.2% with respect to the same period of 2017. 73.2% of the travelers corresponded to the domestic routes of their companies.

In June, the largest European air group increased its passengers by 11.8% to 13.25 million, with an increase of 7.8% in the offer and 8.3% in traffic. The employment rate was 83.5%, 0.8 percentage points higher.

Only Lufthansa transported 33.4 million passengers from January to June, which is 7.6% more, with a 4.7% increase in supply and demand. In the first half of the year it operated 289,960 flights (+ 6.4%) with an invariable load factor of 79.9%. The increase in its ‘hub’ in Munich was greater (+ 11.3%) than in Frankfurt (+ 5.3%).

Last month its main airline increased its passengers by 9.2% to 6.48 million, with a 4.7% higher offer and 4.9% more demand. The load factor reached 84.1%, 0.1 percentage points higher.


Eurowings Group, its point-to-point business that encompasses Eurowings and Brussels Airlines, increased the number of passengers by 23.3% to 17.88 million, after applying a 23.6% increase in its capacity and registering an increase of 27.4% in its demand. They contributed 26.7% to the total passenger volume of the German air giant and jointly operated 17.5% more flights (153,474).

The load factor was 79.8% in this segment, 2.4 percentage points more than from January to June of the previous year. The fastest growth in its short-haul flights (+ 23.1%), compared to the increase in passengers on its long-haul flights (+ 22.7%).

In the month of June, together these two companies raised 13.9% their passengers (3.5 million), with 20.8% more supply and 22% more demand. The load factor stood at 81.7%, 0.8 percentage points higher.

As for the rest of the companies, Austrian Airlines increased its travelers by 9.8% (6.3 million) until June, with an increase of 4.9% in the offer and 8.1% of traffic, and an occupation factor of 75.8%, 2.3 percentage points more. From January to June, an additional 5.5% of flights operated.

SWISS raised its passengers by 9.7% in the first six months of the year, reaching around 9.5 million with 7.5% more supply and a 9% increase in demand. Its factor of occupation of 81.1% (1.2 percentage points more). Up to June it operated 3.3% 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 9.6% (37.8 million), with an increase of 8.3% in the offer and 10.2% in traffic. The load factor was 75.5%, 1.3 percentage points higher.

On the routes to America, the number of passengers increased by 5.1% (5.47 million) from January to June, with an offer of 4.1% higher and 5.1% more demand. The level of employment stood at 81.9%, 0.8 percentage points higher.

In the Asia-Pacific region, it added 3.37 million passengers, representing 4% more, with a 4.9% higher offer and a 3.7% increase in demand. The level of employment was 82.7%, 1.1 percentage points less.

On the routes to Africa and the Middle East, it transported 2.6% more passengers, up to 2.3 million, with 1.9% more supply and 3% more demand. The employment rate reached 77.1%, 0.9 percentage points more.


Cargo traffic of the Lufthansa Group grew by 2.9% until June, with a 6% increase in supply. The load factor stood at 67.4%, 2 percentage points less. In the month of June, it reduced its demand for merchandise by 0.6%, after an increase of 5.2% in capacity.