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Lufthansa Cargo raised utilisation of its aircraft a further step up in the first quarter. In a difficult market environment, the cargo carrier appreciably scaled back capacity by 7.4 per cent. Since sales fell by a lesser 5.9 per cent, the load factor improved by more than one percentage point to 71.4 per cent.

Overall, Lufthansa Cargo carried around 400,000 tonnes of freight and mail in the first quarter of the year – a decline of 7.2 per cent compared with the year-earlier level.