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Lufthansa traffic down 2.8 percent in June

The leading German airline, Lufthansa, said on Thursday it suffered a 2.8-percent fall in traffic in June from the figure for the same month in 2008, owing to the global economic crisis.

Lufthansa traffic down 2.8 percent in June
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Lufthansa transported a total of 4.92 million passengers while its subsidiary Swiss carried 1.12 million, a statement said.

The airline’s seat load factor, a key indicator of operations, fell by 3.4 points to 77.6 percent despite reduced overall capacity.

For the first half of the year, Lufthansa said its own passenger numbers fell by 6.1 percent to 26.7 million, but that when Swiss was included the drop was a more modest 4.8 percent to 33.2 million.

“Except for Middle East / Africa, the first half passenger count declined in all traffic regions,” the statement said.

Freight operations were also hit by the global slowdown, with Lufthansa Cargo carrying 694,000 tonnes of freight and mail in the first six months of the year, 20.1 percent less than in the same period of 2008.

Lufthansa said in June that it would take more measures to reduce costs, and raised fuel surcharges on most passenger flights as it raised its forecast for fuel expenses this year to €3.55 billion from 3.4 billion previously.

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ZURICH

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

Switzerland’s Federal Railways (SBB) will be removing the ticket counter from nine stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Bern, Zug and Ticino

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

The SBB made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made due to a lack of demand. 

Instead, commuters will need to buy tickets from automated machines. 

In the canton of Zurich, the ticket stations in Dietlikon, Hinwil, Kloten, Männedorf and Oberwinterthur will be closed. 

In neighbouring Zug, Cham’s ticket counter will be closed, while the Herzogenbuchsee station in Bern will also go fully automated. 

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In Latin Switzerland, Pully in Vaud and Biasca in Ticino will see their ticket counters closed. 

The SBB told Swiss news outlet Watson that approximately 95 percent of ticket sales are now made via self-service machines or online. 

The advent of navigation apps has meant the need for personal advice on directions and travel has fallen, particularly in smaller areas or stations with lower traffic. 

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