ANKARA

Germany’s leading airline Lufthansa recorded a net loss of €2 billion ($2.3 billion) in the third quarter of the current year amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The figure was down from net income of €1.2 billion ($1.42 billion) in the same quarter of 2019, Lufthansa said in a statement. 

Sales of Lufthansa fell to €2.7 billion ($3.2 billion) in the July-September period, down from €10.1 billion ($12 billion) in the same period last year. 

The company cut its operating expenses by 43% year-on-year, led by lower fuel costs, fees and a reduction in other costs related to flight operations.

Lufthansa will offer a maximum of 25% of last year’s capacity from October to December as demand for air travel is expected to remain low.

It expected to limit the average monthly operating cash drain at around $350 million ($413 million) in the fourth quarter of this year.

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