Lufthansa Group traffic down by 4.7% in December

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Traffic at Lufthansa Group decreased 4.7% year-on-year in December, on capacity reduced by 6.3%.

Load factor for the month was up 1.3 percentage points to 77.2%, while the total number of passengers carried by the group fell 5.1% to 7.08 million.

Group cargo load factor increased by 2.7 percentage points to 71.2%.

Traffic on European routes declined by 4.5% on capacity trimmed by 6.8% capacity. Load factor improved by 1.7 percentage points to 69.8%.

Capacity was cut sharply by 2.8% on American routes, with traffic down 0.8%. This resulted in a load factor increase of 1.7 percentage points to 85%.

On Middle East and African routes, load factor decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 73.6%.

In the Asia-Pacific region capacity was reduced by 8.6% and traffic declined 8.7%, resulting in a 0.1 percentage point fall in load factor to 79%.

Lufthansa itself witnessed 7.4% decline in traffic during December with capacity slashed by 8.5%. It improved load factor by 0.9 percentage point to 76.8%.

Swiss International Air Lines grew its load factor by 1.2 percentage points to 79.3% and increased capacity by 3.2% against 4.7% growth in traffic.

Austrian Airlines saw a 6.8% capacity reduction against a 1.3% fall in passenger traffic. This resulted in a 4.2 percentage point rise in load factor to 76.3%.

Lufthansa Cargo capacity fell 10.9% against a 9% reduction in sales for the month.