Air Berlin May Passenger Count Down 6.4 Pct

June 6, 2012

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Air Berlin, the German airline partly owned by Gulf carrier Etihad, said passenger numbers fell 6.4 percent in May, although it was able to fill more seats on its planes in the month.

Germany's second largest airline after Lufthansa carried 3.09 million passengers in May, it said on Wednesday.

Its load factor edged up 0.6 percentage points to 76.4 percent, while the number of seats it offered fell 7.2 percent.

Air Berlin has been trying to shrink itself back to profitability by cutting routes, seats and delaying plane orders.