Air Berlin September passenger count drops 4 pct

FRANKFURT, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Air Berlin , Germany's second largest airline after Lufthansa , said passenger numbers fell 4 percent in September.

The German airline, partly owned by Gulf carrier Etihad, carried 3.54 million passengers in September, it said in a statement on Friday.

Its load factor - how full its planes were - widened by 2.6 percentage points to 85.45 percent, while the number of seats it offered fell 6.9 percent.

(Reporting By Marilyn Gerlach)

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