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To all of those who poo-poo the Air Canada Q1 results:

Lufthansa Group reports (13-May-2013) the following traffic highlights in Apr-2013:

•Passenger numbers: 8.6 million, -2.0% year-on-year; ◦Lufthansa Passenger Airlines*: 6.2 million, -1.4%;

◦SWISS**: 1.4 million, -1.4%;

◦Austrian Airlines: 922,000, -6.4%;

•Passenger load factor: 78.3%, -0.2 ppt; ◦Lufthansa Passenger Airlines: 77.0%, -0.5 ppt;

◦SWISS: 84.6%, +1.1 ppts;

◦Austrian Airlines: 76.3%, -0.5 ppt. [more – original PR]

*Includes LH regional airlines and Germanwings

**Includes Edelweiss Air

Lufthansa Group: “Capacity, sales and load factor of the Passenger Airlines Group were virtually unchanged versus previous year in the month of April. The pricing developed positively, while it has been down year-on-year in March. March saw a higher share of leisure travel and April a higher share of business travel as the Easter holiday break fell entirely into March this year.” Source: Company statement, 13-May-2013.

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To all of those who poo-poo the Air Canada Q1 results:

Lufthansa Group reports (13-May-2013) the following traffic highlights in Apr-2013:

•Passenger numbers: 8.6 million' date=' -2.0% year-on-year; ◦Lufthansa Passenger Airlines*: 6.2 million, -1.4%;

◦SWISS**: 1.4 million, -1.4%;

◦Austrian Airlines: 922,000, -6.4%;

•Passenger load factor: 78.3%, -0.2 ppt; ◦Lufthansa Passenger Airlines: 77.0%, -0.5 ppt;

◦SWISS: 84.6%, +1.1 ppts;

◦Austrian Airlines: 76.3%, -0.5 ppt. [more – original PR']

*Includes LH regional airlines and Germanwings

**Includes Edelweiss Air

Lufthansa Group: “Capacity, sales and load factor of the Passenger Airlines Group were virtually unchanged versus previous year in the month of April. The pricing developed positively, while it has been down year-on-year in March. March saw a higher share of leisure travel and April a higher share of business travel as the Easter holiday break fell entirely into March this year.” Source: Company statement, 13-May-2013.

Interesting, thank you! Probably also affect many other businesses.

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The interesting factor about Easter is that in the Winter for a primarily leisure airline like WestJet you can get the opposite result. More demand for southern flying in March which bumps up the results and brings down the April results.

The most interesting calendarization effect occurs with the Arabic carriers where Ramadan changes by 11 days every year.

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The interesting factor about Easter is that in the Winter for a primarily leisure airline like WestJet you can get the opposite result. More demand for southern flying in March which bumps up the results and brings down the April results.

The most interesting calendarization effect occurs with the Arabic carriers where Ramadan changes by 11 days every year.

I think eurpoe will be full of muslims this year as Ramadan falls in mid summer and the longer fasts plus the heat will drive them to cooler climes and way from their mullahs.

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I think eurpoe will be full of muslims this year as Ramadan falls in mid summer and the longer fasts plus the heat will drive them to cooler climes and way from their mullahs.

That is the core of the problem.

Summer is a busy period for them for people exiting the region trying to escape the heat.

Ramadan is a busy period for them for people entering the region trying to be with family and the holy sites.

Which will prevail?

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