Lufthansa reports 2009 passenger decline

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Lufthansa AG said Tuesday that passenger traffic on its flagship airline dropped 2.6 percent in 2009 due to the “poor economic situation.”

Passenger numbers for Lufthansa — Germany’s largest airline — dropped in all traffic regions with the exception of the Middle East and Africa, the company said.

Overall, however, the Lufthansa group — which also includes Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines — saw a 8.5 percent increase to 76 million passengers in 2009, compared with 70.5 million in the previous year.

Around 55.6 million passengers flew with flagship carrier Lufthansa in the January through December period.

Lufthansa Cargo transported around 1.5 million tons of freight and mail, a decrease of 10.5 percent.

Shares of Lufthansa, based in Cologne, were 2.37 percent lower at euro12.525 ($18.13) in Frankfurt afternoon trading.

Lufthansa AG also owns LHA Cityline, Germanwings and other airlines.


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