Lufthansa first-quarter net loss widens as fuel costs weigh
Group halts planned capacity expansion in low-cost Eurowings business
Lufthansa is abandoning plans to increase capacity at Eurowings by 2% this year
Europe’s biggest airline is abandoning plans to increase capacity at Eurowings by 2 per cent this year.
Earlier this month Lufthansa issued a profit warning that attributed a plunge in earnings before interest and tax on fuel prices, cheap airline tickets and tough comparisons with year-earlier figures.
And on Tuesday the carrier reported a net loss of €342 million for the first three months of the year.
“We are confident, though, that we will see a recovery in our unit revenues as early as the second quarter,” chief financial officer Ulrik Svensson said in a statement.
For 2019, the group still expects to make an adjusted operating profit margin of between 6.5 and 8 per cent.
Lufthansa dropped 3.1 per cent in Frankfurt trading. – Reuters/Bloomberg