The Lufthansa Group said it expects capacity to reach 50% of pre-pandemic levels in the third quarter as demand, including for business travel, returns, according to a second-quarter earnings statement. The group includes Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines. The carrier cited “solid demand” and “strong bookings” in the second quarter, with flights to “key” North America markets picking up and with a full reopening in both directions expected “from late summer onwards.” Capacity rose from 21% of pre-crisis levels in the first quarter of 2021 to 29% in the second, reaching 40% by the end of June, when load factors were at 58%. The company is currently serving 84% of its pre-crisis destinations and expects to be near 100% by September. Lufthansa Group says it has already achieved half of the $4.4 billion cost savings planned by 2024 — a milestone that it originally expected to reach by the end of 2021.