Lufthansa traffic up 13.3% in February
Germany's leading airline, Lufthansa, said Thursday that it, Austrian Airlines, BMI and Swiss carried 13.3 percent more passengers in February than in the same month a year earlier, at 6.4 million.
Of the total, 4.2 million travelled with Lufthansa directly, up 21 percent owing to a favourable comparison with February 2010, when the carrier was hit by a pilots strike.
A breakdown by region saw advances worldwide, including Africa and the Middle East despite political unrest.
Austrian Airlines and BMI nonetheless posted declines of 1.6 percent and 11.7 percent respectively.
Lufthansa's ability to fill its planes declined slightly to 70.9 percent for the group as a whole and 70.4 percent for Lufthansa itself.
Freight operations were solid meanwhile, with Lufthansa Cargo reporting a gain of 25.2 percent on the year to 149,000 tonnes.
Although full results for the airline group are due next Thursday, Lufthansa said net profit was better than expected at 1.1 billion euros ($1.5 billion) last year, compared with a net loss of 34 million euros in 2009.
© 2011 AFP