Lufthansa Cargo boosted freight traffic 17.5 percent in January from a year ago.
The German carrier said the increase, to 137,000 metric tons, was driven by the re-activation of idled MD-11 freighters and fleet expansion at Aero-Logic, its joint venture with DHL Express.
Revenue rose 21 percent on a 25 percent increase in capacity which trimmed the load factor by 2.2 percentage points to 65.6 percent.
By The Numbers: European Airlines' Freight Traffic
The January performance returned Lufthansa Cargo to the high teens growth of recent months that was interrupted by a 7.9 percent year-on-year increase in December when harsh weather conditions in Europe grounded freighter and passenger flights from the carrier's Frankfurt hub.
The Lufthansa group, which includes SwissWorld Cargo, Austrian Airlines and the UK's BMI, increased January cargo traffic 16.8 percent to 156,000 metric tons. Revenue was up 14.5 percent, capacity increased 16.7 percent and the load factor slipped 1.2 percentage points to 63 percent.
The Americas was the best performing region with traffic jumping 23.8 percent to 47,000 tons, edging out Asia-Pacific shipments, which increased 22.8 percent to 45,000 tons.
Air France-KLM increased cargo volume just 3.4 percent year-on-year in January on a 3.3 percent increase in capacity. Americas traffic rose 5 percent and Asia-Pacific shipments gained 8.4 percent.
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