Lufthansa says passenger numbers up in first half of 2010

9th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

German flag carrier Lufthansa said Friday that passenger numbers had risen by 1.8 percent in the first six months of 2010 despite a strike and the disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud.

Lufthansa, Europe's biggest airline by passenger numbers, said in a statement it had welcomed around 27.2 million travellers on board its planes in the period January to June.

For the whole Lufthansa group, which includes Swiss, Austrian Airlines and British firm BMI, passenger numbers were up by more than a quarter.

The company said it would publish its financial performance for the first half of the year on July 29.

For June, passenger numbers were up by 11.6 percent compared to the same month a year ago.

The first six months of the year have been marked by turbulence for Lufthansa, with a one-day strike in February that cost the firm an estimated 48 million euros (61 million dollars).

And, like most airlines, Lufthansa was hard hit by the volcanic ash cloud in April that caused the grounding of around 100,000 flights.

© 2010 AFP

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