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Sun 27 May 2007 05:20 PM

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Lufthansa shows solid growth

Capacity set for further boost with the arrival of 45 new jets from the end of 2008.

Lufthansa German Airlines has revealed continued growth in passenger numbers and load factors in its recently published April 2007 traffic figures.

More than 4.6 million passengers flew with Lufthansa in the month of April 2007, a year-on-year increase of 4.6% compared to the previous 12 months, while capacity was up 5% and sales increased by 6.2% in the same period.

The overall passenger load factor rose accordingly by nearly one percentage point to 75.5%.

The Middle East/Africa region reported a 3.9% improvement in capacity, with load factors hitting the 74.6% mark.

The carrier reported similar growth in all traffic regions, with 4.4% more passengers travelling with Lufthansa in Europe than in April 2006, and a 5.5% increase in capacity. Accordingly, load factors reached 67.7%.

Asia/Pacific experienced a passenger load factor or 80.8%.

Lufthansa Cargo carried 0.7% more freight and mail than last year, even though capacity was reduced by 2.1%.

Sales rose slightly by 0.4%. Further capacity was transferred from the Asia/Pacific region to the Americas and the load factor was improved in both traffic regions. Across all traffic regions the cargo load factor rose by 1.7 percentage points to 68.3%.

The Group's overall cargo load factor rose by 0.7 percentage points to 72%.

Meanwhile, the Deutsche Lufthansa AG Supervisory Board approved orders for 45 short-haul aircraft in a recent meeting.

From the end of 2008 Lufthansa will take delivery of 30 regional jets of the Embraer 190 family and 15 regional jets of the Bombardier CRJ900 family.

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