FRANKFURT Jan 10 Germany's Lufthansa
reported a 1.8-percent increase in 2016 passengers on Tuesday,
but it was not enough to stop Ryanair overtaking it as
Europe's largest airline in terms of the number of people it
Lufthansa's 109.7 million passengers in 2016 came in short
of the 117 million passengers reported by Irish low-cost carrier
Ryanair last week, a 15 percent increase on the previous year,
as Ryanair pulled in passengers with low prices.
The year saw strong performances from other budget carriers,
with Norwegian Air Shuttle reporting passenger numbers
up 14 percent to 29 million and Wizz Air up 19 percent
to 22.7 million.
EasyJet, which suffered more than low-cost rivals
from strikes in France and as tourists avoided destinations hit
by attacks, grew passenger numbers just 6.6 percent to 74.5
(Reporting by Victoria Bryan and Ludwig Burger; Editing by