The impact of the terrorist attacks in the USA and weak demand have left their mark on the year`s traffic figures at the Lufthansa Group.
Over the full twelve months of 2001, 45.7 million passengers flew with the airlines in the Group, which is 2.7 per cent fewer than in the previous year. Of the total, Lufthansa German Airlines carried 39.7 million passengers (down by 3.8 per cent). The passenger count at Lufthansa CityLine rose by 4.6 per cent to six million, since its smaller jets were deployed increasingly on previous Lufthansa routes. While capacity increased by 2.1 per cent, sales grew at a lower 1.9 per cent. Utilisation of passenger aircraft fell accordingly (down by 2.9 percentage points), but still reached a respectable 71.5 per cent.
The weakening world economy and the effects of the terrorist attacks made deeper inroads on Lufthansa Cargo. Tonnage transported slumped by 8.1 per cent to 1.7 million tonnes. The cargo load factor fell year-on-year by 5.4 per cent to 62.8 per cent.
Overall utilisation (passenger and freight business) at the Lufthansa Group was down on the previous year`s level by 4.2 percentage points to 67.6 per cent.
The Lufthansa Group`s annual results 2001 will be published on April 25 2002 and will be available, simultaneously, in English and German on the Internet www.lufthansa-financials.com