Lufthansa Says 70% of Planned Long Haul Destinations Will Be Back By September

The airlines in the Lufthansa Group are significantly expanding their services in the coming weeks and months. This applies to both short-haul and long-haul flights and in fact, Lufthansa says 70% of all planned long haul destinations will be back by September.

Given where we are now this seems like a very aggressive target, but one which we’d love to see. Airlines have to start somewhere and it seems like Lufthansa wants to be at the forefront of a recovery in demand.

  • 90 percent of short and medium-haul routes back on offer by September
  • 70 percent of long-haul destinations back on offer by September
  • Further expansion of leisure destinations

The core brand Lufthansa alone will be flying more than 100 times a week to destinations in North America via its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich in autumn. Around 90 flights a week are planned to Asia, over 20 to the Middle East and over 25 to Africa. In Africa, for example, there will again be flights to Windhoek and Nairobi, in the Middle East to Beirut and Riyadh, in North America to Houston, Boston and Vancouver, in Asia to Hong Kong and Singapore.

On short- and medium-haul routes, Lufthansa will offer a total of 1,800 weekly connections from September onwards. There will be 102 destinations from Frankfurt and 88 from Munich, including Malaga, Alicante, Valencia, Naples, Rhodes, Palermo, Faro, Madeira, Olbia, Dubrovnik, Reykjavik and many other summer destinations from Frankfurt.

And They Want To Make The Experience Enjoyable

Lufthansa expanded its service concept at the start of this month. Customers receive a disinfecting wipe before every flight. On short- and medium-haul flights in Business Class, the beverage service and the normal meal service will be reactivated. On long-haul flights, guests in all classes will again be offered the usual range of beverages. In First and Business Class, customers will once again be able to choose from a range of dishes. In Economy Class, customers will also continue to receive a meal. Strict hygiene regulations continue to be adhered to during the service adjustments. 

LH A380 business class

From July onwards, Austrian Airlines aircraft will take off on regular long-haul flights for the first time since mid-March. Bangkok, Chicago, New York (Newark) and Washington will then be available with up to three weekly flights. The European network offer will also be expanded to include various routes from July onwards – including flights to Greece.

SWISS plans to return to about 85% of the destinations it served before the Corona crisis in autumn, with about one-third of its capacity on these routes. As Switzerland’s airline, SWISS is committed to offering the widest possible range of services in the build-up phase. The initial focus here will be on European services from Zurich and Geneva. Further intercontinental destinations will also be reintroduced into the route network.

But.. There’s Always a But

When planning their trip, customers should take the current entry and quarantine regulations of the respective destinations into account. Throughout the entire trip, restrictions may be imposed due to stricter hygiene and safety regulations including longer waiting times at airport security checkpoints. 

Guests on all Lufthansa and Eurowings flights are obliged to wear a mouth and nose cover on board throughout the entire journey. This serves the safety of all passengers on board. The General Conditions of Carriage (GTC) will be amended accordingly. Lufthansa also recommends that passengers wear a mouth-nose cover during the entire journey, including before or after the flight at the airport, and whenever the required minimum distance cannot be guaranteed without restriction.

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