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Lufthansa airlifts 60 million passengers in six months



Airlines of the Lufthansa Group has welcomed onboard around 60 million passengers in the first half of 2017, being 17.2 per cent more than the first half of previous year.

Overall, the German largest airlines carried more passengers than ever before in the first half of 2017. The seat load factor has reached a historical peak of 79 per cent. The figure was 2.7 percentage points higher than the previous year.

In June 2017, the airlines airlifted around 12 million passengers. This shows an increase of 18 per cent compared to the previous year’s month. The available seat kilometres were up by 12.3 per cent over the previous year; at the same time, sales increased by 15.9 per cent.

The seat load factor improved accordingly, rising 2.6 percentage points to 82.8 per cent, compared to June 2016.Cargo capacity increased 2.9 per cent year-on-year, while cargo sales were up 8.1 per cent in revenue ton-kilometer terms. As a result, the Cargo load factor showed a corresponding improvement, rising 3.3 percentage points in the month.

Overall, the cargo capacity in the first half of 2017 was 2.9 per cent higher than in the previous year. At the same time, cargo sales in this period increased by 7.1 per cent, resulting in a load factor of 2.7 higher percentage points.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG, commonly called Lufthansa, is the largest German airline and, when combined with its subsidiaries, also the largest airline in Europe, in terms of fleet size, and the second largest airline in terms of passengers carried during 2016.

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