Lufthansa passengers up 17pc as Mideast shows strongest growth

DEUTSCHE Lufthansa significantly improved its performance in 2010 with the group welcoming 90.2 million passengers on board its flights, an increase of 17.2 per cent on 2009.

Capacity was also up by 12.1 per cent, revenue seat-kilometres grew by 14 per cent and the seat load factor rose accordingly by 1.4 percentage points.

Passenger numbers increased in all traffic regions and the steepest growth was in the Middle East and Africa.

During the year, the Lufthansa Group transported around two million tonnes of freight and mail, an increase year-on-year of more than 18 per cent. The cargo load factor rose by 7.4 percentage points to 68 per cent. The number of flights was up by 13.1 per cent to a total of 1,014,692.

A total of 90.2 million passengers flew with the airlines in the Lufthansa Passenger Airline Group. Of the total, 58.9 million flew with Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. The passenger count at Lufthansa thus rose by 5.9 per cent compared to 2009 figures. Over the past year, capacity at Lufthansa was up by 3.1 per cent. Revenue seat-kilometres grew by 5.4 per cent.

The seat load factor rose by 1.7 percentage points to 79.4 per cent. Passenger numbers increased in all traffic regions, with the steepest growth occurring in the Middle East and Africa region. Swiss International Air Lines transported 14.2 million passengers in 2010, Austrian Airlines welcomed 10.9 million passengers on board its flights and 6.2 million passengers flew with bmi. Lufthansa Cargo also turned in a strong performance. During the year, the company transported around 1.8 million tonnes of cargo and mail, an increase of 18.2 per cent on the year-earlier level.

This year the company plans to take on 4,000 new staff including 2,200 flight attendants for its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich and 270 trainee pilots.

The financial results of the Lufthansa Group in the 2010 business year will be published on March 17, 2011 and will be available for download at