Lufthansa Group sees 4% traffic growth in August

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Lufthansa Group has recorded a 4% year-on-year increase in traffic for August with the total number of passengers carried by the group rising to 9.91 million, compared with the same period a year earlier.

Capacity, measured in available seat kilometres, grew 8.4%, leading to a 2% decline in its passenger load factor to 81.4%.

In the cargo business, traffic dropped 2.2% against a capacity decline of 1.1%. Cargo load factor fell to 64.9%, down 0.7% against a year earlier.

Performance of the individual group airlines was mixed. Lufthansa and Swiss led the way, boosting passenger numbers by 7.1% and 5.7% respectively. Austrian Airlines maintained its growth, with a 1.7% rise.

However, passenger numbers at Germanwings dropped by 4.1%, although load factors climbed by 2.6% as capacity reduced. The story was worse at BMI, which saw a double-digit fall of 10.4% in its August traffic against the prior year.

Lufthansa blames the uncertain political situation in North Africa and the Middle East, which has hit holiday bookings, for BMI's woes.