Lufthansa reports narrower Q2 loss, first positive cash flow since crisis

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FILE PHOTO: Lufthansa planes are seen parked on the tarmac of Frankfurt Airport

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Lufthansa said on Thursday it further narrowed its losses in the second quarter and recorded first positive adjusted free cash flow since the start of the coronavirus crisis, citing faster-than planned cost cuts.

The group, which also owns Eurowings, Swiss, Brussels and Austrian Airlines, said adjusted operating loss narrowed to 952 million euros ($1.13 billion), 43% down from a year earlier and lower than 971 million euros forecast on average in a company-provided poll.

Revenue came in at 3.2 billion euros, slightly below the 3.3 billion euro forecast.

Lufthansa, which in June laid out plans to return to profitability with fewer planes and staff than it had before the coronavirus pandemic pummelled the travel industry, said it continued to expect high demand for tourist destinations and recovery in business travel in the second half of the year.

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(Reporting by Ilona Wissenbach and Tomasz Janowski; Editing by)

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