Lufthansa Group load factor up two points in February

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Lufthansa Group lifted its load factor two percentage points in February to reach 73.7%.

The Star Alliance carrier group's traffic decreased 1.1%, against a reduction in capacity of 3.9% against the same month last year. Direct comparison with 2012 figures is distorted by the extra day from the leap year. Total number of passengers carried by the group fell 1.5% to 6.62 million.

Lufthansa Passenger Airlines load factor rose by 1.9 percentage points to 72.8%, as traffic fell only 1% on a 3.6% cut in capacity. At Swiss International Air Lines traffic grew 1.3% despite a 1.3% cut in capacity. This helped it lift load factor 2.1 percentage points to 77.9%.

Austrian Airlines cut capacity nearly 12% over the same month last year, but as traffic on slipped 8% it helped load factors increase 2.8% points to 72.5%.

Group traffic on European routes rose by 0.8%, despite 4.3% cut in capacity. It helped load factor increase 3.4 percentage points to 67.5%.

Capacity was cut more strongly by 9.4% on Asia Pacific routes - traffic was down 7.7% on the same period. On American routes, passenger traffic rose by 4.6% on a 3.2% lift in capacity.

Load factors rose in all long-haul regions.

Lufthansa Cargo cut capacity 12.6% as traffic fell 11.2%, while cargo load factor rose by 1.1 percentage points to 72.1%. Lufthansa group cargo load factor increased three percentage points to 71.1%.