German airline Lufthansa said Wednesday that passenger numbers climbed in January on rising demand, especially on its Asia-Pacific routes. Lufthansa said in a statement that a total 3.549 million people flew with its aircraft in January, which is 1.2 percent more than in the corresponding month last year. Passenger traffic was up on all routes except Europe, where passenger numbers slipped by 0.8 percent to 2.658 million. The number of people flying to the Americas rose by 1.6 percent to 414,000. The strongest growth was seen on Asia-Pacific routes where passenger numbers were up 17 percent at 308,000. And the number of passengers travelling to the Middle East and Africa rose by 7.9 percent to 167,000. Lufthansa said that freight traffic also increased, with Lufthansa Cargo transporting a total 127,000 tons of cargo and mail in January, an increase of 6.5 percent year-on-year.