Capacity utilisation an all-time high/Traffic performance distinctly better. More than seven per cent more passengers - About four per cent more cargo and mail
Lufthansa reached new peaks in the first six months of the year. From January to June 2000, a 22.7 million passengers flew with the airlines in the Group, an increase on the same term last year of 7.4 per cent.
Of the total passenger count, Lufthansa German Airlines carried 20 million (up by 6.4 per cent) and Lufthansa CityLine 2.7 million (up by 15.8 per cent). Exceptionally well-filled aircraft lifted the seat load factor by 1.2 percentage points to a record 73.1 per cent.
The cargo business also ended the first half on a positive note: Lufthansa Cargo transported 878,701 tonnes of cargo and mail - an increase of 3.9 per cent on the previous year`s level. Utilisation rose to a notable 67.5 per cent (plus 0.5 percentage points).
The improved figures in passenger and cargo traffic raised the Group`s overall performance to a new plane: The overall load factor was up year-on-year by 0.7 percentage points to a peak 70.8 per cent. All the 7.8 per cent increase in total capacity, in terms of tonne-kilometres, was sold in the marketplace. Sales rose by 8.9 per cent.
First-half business figures for the Lufthansa Group will be published on August 23, 2000. They will be available simultaneously in English and German on website: www.lufthansa-financials.de