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Lufthansa posts H1 loss, stands by outlook

PTI Frankfurt | Updated on August 02, 2013 Published on August 02, 2013

German airline Lufthansa AG recorded a net loss of 204 million euros in the first six months of the year as restructuring costs, fuel prices and slower business in Asia and the Middle East sapped earnings.

The company made a profit of 50 million euros in the year-ago period.

Nonetheless, Lufthansa said it was working to restructure and control costs and that it expected to meet its profit goal for the year.

Total revenue slipped 0.3 per cent to 14.46 billion euros.

The number of passengers fell 0.4 per cent to 49.5 million but the number of flights fell by 5.1 per cent as the company made more efficient use of capacity. Fuel prices rose 1.3 percent after hedging measures the company uses to shield itself from price swings.

“The restructuring of the Lufthansa Group is gaining speed”, chief financial officer Simone Menne said in a company statement.

Lufthansa has struggled with competition from low-fare airlines within European and from Middle Eastern carriers on long-haul routes.

For the second quarter, net profit fell 43 percent to 255 million euros as the company endured strike action from its employees. Revenue fell 0.7 per cent to 7.83 billion euros.

Published on August 02, 2013
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