There was big news from Germany recently with Lufthansa sounding very optimistic in announcing a pretty aggressive return to service in June. If governments relax travel bans then Lufthansa is back. If they don’t then the airline is still actively looking to return to some form of normalcy.
Lufthansa, SWISS and Eurowings are hoping to add numerous leisure and summer destinations to their flight schedules in June, as well as more long-haul destinations.
With over 106 destinations in Germany and Europe and more than 20 intercontinental destinations, the range of flights on offer for all travellers will be greatly expanded by the end of June. The first batch of flights were available for reservation in the their booking systems on May 14, although that doesn’t guarantee the flights will happen or that travelers to and from certain destinations will actually be able to fly. Remember these are strange times that we’re living in.
By the end of June, the Lufthansa Group airlines plan to offer around 1,800 weekly roundtrips to more than 130 destinations worldwide. And we would love to see this work out.
Lufthansa’s additional flights that are resuming in the first half of June, in Germany and Europe, are mainly fromFrankfurt and include Hanover, Majorca, Sofia, Prague, Billund, Nice, Manchester, Budapest, Dublin, Riga, Krakow, Bucharest and Kiev. From Munich, it is Münster/Osnabrück, Sylt, Rostock, Vienna, Zurich, Brussels and Mallorca.
In the first half of June, the flight schedule also includes 19 long-haul destinations, fourteen more than in May. In total, Lufthansa, SWISS and Eurowings together expect to offer more than 70 weekly frequencies overseas until mid-June, almost four times as many as in May. Further resumption of Lufthansa long-haul flights are planned for the second half of June.
Lufthansa’s long-haul resumption of flights from Frankfurt include Toronto, Mexico City, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Tel Aviv, Riyadh, Bahrain, Johannesburg, Dubai and Mumbai. The destinations Newark/New York, Chicago, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Bangkok will continue to be offered.
Lufthansa’s long-haul return flights from Munich will include Chicago, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv.
Austrian Airlines has decided to extend the suspension of regular flight operations for a further week, from 31 May to 7 June. A resumption of service in June is being considered.
SWISS is planning to resume services to various destinations in the Mediterranean region, and other major European centres such as Paris, Brussels and Moscow will also be added to the programme.
In its long-haul operations, SWISS will again offer its passengers new intercontinental direct services in June, in addition to its three weekly services to New York / Newark (USA). The Swiss carrier plans to offer flights from Zurich to New York JFK, Chicago, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Johannesburg.
Eurowings had already announced last week that it would be expanding its basic program at the airports of Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg and Stuttgart and gradually adding 15 further destinations within Europe from May onwards. With flights to Spain, Greece, Portugal and Croatia, the focus is on destinations in the Mediterranean region. Furthermore the island of Mallorca will again be offered from several German Eurowings gateways.
Brussels Airlines plans to resume its flight operations with a reduced network offer as from 15 June.
When planning their trip, customers should consider the current entry and quarantine regulations of the respective destinations. Throughout the entire trip, restrictions may be imposed due to stricter hygiene and security regulations, for example due to longer waiting times at airport security checkpoints. The catering services on board will also remain restricted until further notice.
In addition, these airlines like other will continue to ask passengers to wear a mask on board during the entire journey.
We’re not sure how much of these plans will be able to come to fruition, but it’s good top see them trying.