Although fewer flights were completed, Lufthansa Group was still able to keep the number of passengers stable over the period.
The airlines in the Lufthansa Group carried a total of 50 million passengers in the first half-year 2014, 0.8 per cent more than in the same period last year.
However, average yields declined in the first half of the year compared with last year. Group-wide, the number of flights between January and June was 2.2 per cent lower than last year, partly due to the use of larger aircraft as part of the ongoing fleet modernisation. The strike by the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union from 2-4 April also resulted in flight cancellations. The load factor of 78.1 per cent for the passenger aircraft was stable at the same high level as last year. Capacity (in available seat kilometres) was 1.1 per cent higher than last year, as were sales (measured in revenue seat kilometres).
The number of passengers carried by Lufthansa and Germanwings rose by 1.0 per cent year on year to 36.3 million passengers. The average load factor for the two airlines’ aircraft was almost the same as last year at 77.3 per cent (-0.1 percentage points). Available capacity (seat-kilometres available for sale) at Lufthansa and Germanwings went up from January to June by 0.6 per cent and sales by 0.5 per cent. In the first half-year, 8.2 million passengers flew with Swiss, which was 0.4 per cent fewer than in the same period last year. The passenger load factor still came to a high 81.4 per cent (-0.9 percentage points). Austrian Airlines carried 5.4 million passengers, 1.4 per cent more than the year before. The load factor at Austrian Airlines climbed by 1.8 percentage points to 77.4 per cent.