[align=left][size=x-large]Lufthansa Group turns in dismal first-quarter traffic figures [/size]

By : Simon Warburton

source: http://www.flightglobal.com

[size=medium]Lufthansa Group has posted quarterly traffic and cargo figures which reflect the challenging industry outlook

Group passenger traffic for the first three months fell 6.2%, while passenger numbers dropped 6% to 15 million

Passenger load factor fell 3.2 points to 74% and Lufthansa Group trimmed its total flights by 4.1% to 187,738

Group freight figures confirmed the global downturn with traffic falling 21.9% and load factor declining 11.6 points to 54.9%

Within the group, Lufthansa's own passenger traffic was down 7.2% and it cut capacity by 3.3%.

"Passenger numbers were down in all traffic regions," it adds

Swiss International Air Lines' passenger traffic fell 1.5% and load factor was down 3.6 points to 73.2%. Swiss cargo traffic also dropped 16%[/size][/align]