Operating performance


Increase in sales and average yields

In the reporting period the Passenger Airline Group carried a total of 100.6 million passengers (not counting bmi), which despite the economic slowdown in the second half-year still represents an increase of 8.5 per cent compared with the same period last year.

The Passenger Airline Group increased its capacity by 10.2 per cent in the period. This growth is mainly due to the fleet roll-over and the introduction of the new Europa cabin at Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. The number of flights rose by just 4.1 per cent. The increased capacity was sold to a large extent, but not in full. Sales rose by 7.5 per cent. This resulted in a passenger load factor of 77.6 per cent, which was 2.0 percentage points down on the previous year. All the airlines in the Passenger Airline Group registered lower load factors; only Germanwings was able to improve its passenger load factor slightly.

Despite the exceptional events at the beginning of the year and the downturn in the global economy over subsequent months, average yields (including fuel surcharge and air traffic tax) rose year on year by a total of 3.8 per cent. Combined with higher sales, this drove up traffic revenue by a total of 11.6 per cent.

Revenue up in all traffic regions

Traffic revenue increased substantially in all regions. The fastest growth came from Europe, which climbed by 13.9 per cent to EUR 9.4bn. Average yields also picked up, rising by 3.7 per cent. Capacity increased by 10.8 per cent compared with the previous year. With sales growth of 9.8 per cent it was nearly all sold. The passenger load factor sank slightly by 0.6 percentage points to 71.6 per cent.

Available seat kilometres in America rose by 8.9 per cent. Following a 7.0 per cent increase in sales, the passenger load factor fell by 1.5 percentage points to 83.5 per cent. Average yields went up sharply by 4.9 per cent at the same time, however. The combination caused traffic revenue to rise by a total of 12.2 per cent.

Performance in the Asia/Pacific traffic region was affected by the disasters in Japan. Capacity grew by 11.7 per cent, whereas sales were only up by 6.5 per cent. The passenger load factor sank as a result by 4.0 percentage points to 81.1 per cent. Average yields improved by 2.5 per cent. Traffic revenue therefore also picked up significantly by a total of 9.1 per cent.

In the Middle East/Asia traffic region the political developments unfolding since the beginning of the financial year also caused disruption to traffic. Additional capacity of 6.9 per cent could only partly be sold in the market, with sales growing by 3.2 per cent. As a result, the passenger load factor fell by 2.6 percentage points to 72.8 per cent. Traffic revenue went up by 4.6 per cent. This was buoyed by a 1.3 per cent rise in average yields.

Trends in traffic regions
Passenger Airline Group*

 

Net traffic revenue
in €m
external revenue

Number of passengers
in thousands

Available seat-kilometres
in millions

Revenue seat-kilometres
in millions

Passenger load factor
in %

 

2011

Change
in %

2011

Change
in %

2011

Change
in %

2011

Change
in %

2011

Change
in pts

*

Incl. Lufthansa Passenger Airlines, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Germanwings.

Europe

9,366

13.9

79,633

9.5

88,613

10.8

63,410

9.8

71.6

–0.6

America

5,153

12.2

8,975

6.7

79,465

8.9

66,328

7.0

83.5

–1.5

Asia/Pacific

4,020

9.1

6,198

7.0

59,303

11.7

48,095

6.5

81.1

–4.0

Middle East/Africa

1,798

4.6

4,646

–1.3

26,443

6.9

19,242

3.2

72.8

–2.6

Total scheduled services

20,337

11.6

99,452

8.5

253,824

10.0

197,075

7.4

77.6

–1.9

Charter

197

8.8

1,151

11.9

4,439

23.9

3,301

13.8

74.4

–6.6

Total

20,534

11.6

100,603

8.5

258,263

10.2

200,376

7.5

77.6

–2.0

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