Lufthansa Group’s revenue passenger-kilometres increased 2.3% in 2013, while capacity grew at a slower rate of 1%.
Deployment of larger aircraft and a 3.7% reduction in the number of flights increased the average load factor by a percentage point to 79.8%, says the German airline group.
Traffic at Lufthansa’s passenger arm and low-cost subsidiary Germanwings increased 2.3%, while capacity grew 1%. The number of passengers meanwhile expanded 1.4% to around 76 million, while load factor increased a percentage point to 79.1%.
Austrian Airlines’ passenger numbers fell 1.6% to 11.3 million. The Vienna-based carrier cut capacity by 2.7%, but traffic declined 1.4%. The load factor improved 1.1 percentage points to 78.6%.
Swiss International Air Lines expanded capacity 2.7%, while traffic grew 3.8%. The number of passengers rose 0.5% to just over 17 million, and the load factor improved 0.9 percentage points to 83.3%.
Lufthansa Cargo’s freight volume declined 1%. Capacity was cut 0.3%, while traffic remained unchanged. The load factor increased 0.2 percentage points to 69.9%.