FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Lufthansa
Germany's biggest carrier on Tuesday reported adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of 1.35 billion euros (1.20 billion pounds), against expectations of 1.41 billion euros in the July to September period.
"We expect to see our full-year costs increase by more than 1 billion euros in 2018 due to fuel costs and the extra expenses incurred from delays and cancellations alone," Chief Executive Carsten Spohr said in a statement.
Lufthansa said it expects to expand capacity by 8 percent in winter versus an anticipated 10 percent at peers and to grow capacity by 3.8 percent for the 2019 summer timetable.
The company maintained its guidance for adjusted earnings before interest and tax to fall slightly from 2017's record level of 2.97 billion euros.
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(Reporting by Arno Schuetze; Editing by Maria Sheahan)