Lufthansa expanding flight services this winter
This winter, Lufthansa is adding more destinations and frequencies to its existing network. An average of 12,218 flights per week are scheduled, compared with 11,803 flights (+3.5%) in the 2009/10 winter period.
From 31 October, when the new timetable goes into effect, Lufthansa will offer flights to 197 destinations in 85 countries (previous year: 191 destinations in 78 countries). The three latest additions to the route network are Bogotá, Pointe Noire and Luxembourg.
“From now on, we will also be flying a number of seasonal routes, such as Munich–Montreal or Dusseldorf–Venice, in the winter months, making those cities all-year-round destinations for the first time,” says Lufthansa German Airlines Board member Karl Ulrich Garnadt.
Available seat capacity in the forthcoming winter timetable will be increased by 9.1 cent year-on-year. This increase is attributable to Lufthansa’s ongoing fleet renewal programme, under which existing aircraft are gradually being replaced by larger and more fuel efficient aircraft. This winter, Lufthansa will also be operating four Airbus A380s at full capacity.
Lufthansa is extending its long-haul network with the addition of several new destinations in growth markets in South America and Africa. On 31 October, services to the Colombian capital Bogotá will resume. Five flights per week, operated by an Airbus A340, are scheduled between Frankfurt and Bogotá.
Lufthansa is also launching a new route to Africa. From 31 October, flights from Frankfurt to Pointe Noire in the Republic of the Congo will be operated five times a week by a PrivatAir Boeing 737-800, with a stopover in Libreville in Gabon.
This winter, Lufthansa is also expanding its extensive network in Europe with the introduction of flights from Munich to Luxembourg, which will augment the service offered by its partner Luxair. The route will be operated up to twice daily by a Lufthansa CityLine CRJ700. In addition, Luxair will offer three direct flights per day from Luxembourg to Munich.