Lufthansa Cargo carried 5.1 percent less freight in September than a year ago, in contrast to a significantly smaller decline at Air France-KLM and a slight increase at IAG, the merged British Airways-Iberia carrier.
The drop, to 150,000 tons, following a 3.6 percent on-year decrease in August, points to steeper declines in the coming winter season as Lufthansa Cargo faces serious disruption to its freighter operations.
Cargo revenue edged up 0.3 percent in September while capacity rose 1.4 percent from a year ago. The load factor slipped by 0.7 percentage points to 67.6 percent.
The Lufthansa Group, which includes Swiss Cargo, reported a 4.1 percent drop in freight traffic to 170,000 tons on a 2.3 percent increase in capacity that trimmed the load factor by 1 point to 64.8 percent. Revenue was up 0.8 percent.
The Americas remained the best performing major region with traffic shrinking just 0.6 percent to 52,000 tons, compared with a 3.8 percent drop in Asia/Pacific shipments to 47,000 tons.
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