Lufthansa Airline flew record 130 million passengers in 2017

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January 11, 2018:  Setting a new record, Lufthansa Airlines flew around 9.3 million passengers in 2017, registering an increase of 19.9 percent compared to the previous year's month. 

According to reports, the available seat kilometers were up 14.2 percent over the previous year, at the same time, sales increased by 15.9 percent. 

The seat load factor also improved accordingly, rising 1.1 percentage points compared to December 2016 to 78.9 percent. 

Overall, the airline of the Lufthansa Group welcomed around 130 million passengers on board its aircraft in 2017, thereby setting a new passenger record. The seat load factor on the 1.1 million flights last year remained on a record course of 80.9 percent.

The currency adjusted yield indication developed positively during December. Cargo capacity saw an increase of 6.6 percent year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 5.8 percent 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 percent higher than in the previous year. At the same time, cargo sales in this period increased by 7.4 percent, resulting in a load factor of 2.7 higher percentage points than in 2016.

The network airlines Lufthansa German Airlines, SWISS and Austrian Airlines carried 7 million passengers in December, which was 7.4 percent more than the prior-year period. 

Compared to the previous year, the available seat kilometers increased by 4.5 percent in December. The sales volume was also up by 5.8 percent over the same period, raising seat load factor by one percentage points to 78.7 percent. 

In 2017, the Network Airlines carried 97.4 million passengers, which was 6.8 percent 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 percent.

Similarly, Lufthansa German Airlines transported 4.7 million passengers in December, a 7.3 percent increase compared to the same month last year. 

It also registered 4.2 percent increase in seat kilometers in December, witnessing a 5.1 percent increase in sales. Furthermore, the seat load factor was up to 79.2 percent, which was 0.7 percentage points above the prior-year's level. 

In 2017, Lufthansa German Airlines carried 66.2 million passengers, 6.1 percent more than in the previous year. At 81.6 percent, the seat load factor was 2.5 percentage points higher than in 2016. 

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