• Joe Breitfeller

Lufthansa Group Publishes Schedule Through October, 50 Percent of Fleet Back in Air

The Lufthansa Group announced on Monday the publishing of their flight schedule through October with 50 percent of their fleet returned to service and over 90 percent of originally planned short and medium-haul destinations available.


Lufthansa Group Returns 50 Percent of Fleet to Service - Image Courtesy Lufthansa

Today, the Lufthansa Group announced the publication of their flight schedule through October 2020. The carrier will return 380 aircraft, 50 percent of their fleet, to service and offer 90 percent of originally planned short and medium-haul destinations. The Group will also resume service to 70 percent of their originally planned international long-haul destinations. Starting today (June 29, 2020), guests of the Group’s airlines can now book flights through October 24, 2020, the end of the summer season. For July, the Group will offer over 40 percent of their planned flight program and by the end of October will have reactivated 200 more aircraft than were flying in June. In Monday’s announcement, Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s Executive Board Member, Harry Hohmeister said,


“Little by little, the borders open again. Demand is increasing, in the short term but also in the long term. We are therefore consistently expanding our flight schedule and our global network and pushing ahead with our restart. I am pleased that we can now offer our guests even more connections to all parts of the world with Lufthansa Group Airlines via all hubs.”


The Group’s core brand Lufthansa will offer 150 weekly frequencies to North America from Frankfurt and Munich during the summer/autumn seasons. The carrier will also offer more than 90 weekly flights to Asia, over 45 to the Middle East and 40-plus flights to Africa. By October, long-haul flights from Frankfurt will be resumed to destinations including Miami, New York-JFK, Washington, San Francisco, Orlando, Seattle, Detroit, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Dallas, Singapore, Seoul, Cancún, Windhoek and Mauritius. Flights from Munich to New York-Newark, Denver, Tokyo-Haneda and Osaka will also resume by October. In the new schedule, Lufthansa offers over 2,100 weekly connections on short and medium-haul routes and will be adding 105 destinations from Frankfurt and 90 from Munich. Before October, the carrier will offer service from Frankfurt to Seville, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Santiago de Compostela, Basel and Linz. From Munich, Lufthansa will be flying to more Mediterranean destinations including Rhodes, Corfu, Olbia, Dubrovnik, Faro and Funchal/Madeira.


Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) also announced that they will continue to expand their service from Zurich and Geneva over the coming weeks and months. The carrier will resume service to more network destinations and increase frequencies to existing short and long-haul destinations. SWISS hopes to resume 40 percent of their originally projected schedule by the end of October with 1,400 weekly departures serving 85 percent of their planned route network. In July, SWISS will add 12 more European cities including Bilbao, Alicante, Venice, Cork and Oslo. The carrier will also expand frequencies on routes currently offered between Zurich and Germany including Berlin, Hamburg and Sylt/Westerland as well as to Lisbon, Porto, Nice, Belgrade, Dublin and Vienna.


From Geneva, SWISS will add 24 destinations including Corfu, Heraklion, Kalamata, Kos, Mykonos, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos, Brindisi, Catania, Florence, Olbia, Alicante, Menorca and Valencia. The airline will also add frequencies to existing routes between Geneva and Athens, Faro, Lisbon, Porto, Frankfurt and Pristina. Additionally, SWISS will resume Zurich-Geneva service with 12 weekly frequencies for July and August, increasing to 21 weekly frequencies by September/October, allowing for seamless intercontinental connections. In July, SWISS will also resume service to São Paulo. Shanghai, Montreal, and Tel-Aviv, bringing their total long-haul destinations to 13, which will increase to 18 by October 2020.


Eurowings will also increase their offer for business and leisure travelers with the restoration of 80 percent of their network during summer with a focus on popular holiday destinations in Italy, Spain, Greece and Croatia. The carrier will ultimately offer between 30-40 percent of their planned capacity in July.


Brussels Airlines also announced today (June 29, 2020) an expansion of their flight schedule for September/October 2020. In the coming weeks and months, the carrier will operate around 45 percent of their normal schedule with 27 aircraft. Due to ongoing travel restrictions, the carrier will delay the relaunch of their long-haul flight operations which was planned to resume on June 22nd until August. For September and October, Brussels Airlines will offer a range of popular medium-haul business and leisure destinations including Basel, Birmingham, Bologna, Edinburgh, Goteborg, Milan-Linate and Warsaw. The airline will also offer long-haul service to Freetown starting in August.


Finally, Austrian Airlines announced today that they will add more flights to popular holiday destinations for July 2020 including service to Palma de Mallorca, resumption of service to Zadar and more frequencies to Dubrovnik, Split, Thessaloniki and Nice. In July, Austria’s flag carrier will offer one weekly chartered flight to Palma de Mallorca on Saturdays as well as service to Zadar, Croatia on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The carrier is also doubling the number of flights to Dubrovnik and Split to up to six connections weekly. Service to Thessaloniki will also be increased to one flight daily, up from four flights weekly and Nice service will be increased from four to five connections weekly. Additionally, Austrian Airlines will offer flights to popular Greek holiday destinations including Karpathos, Kos, Rhodes, Santorini and Zakynthos.



Source(s): Lufthansa Group, SWISS, Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines

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