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Lufthansa Group Begins Route Network Resumption, Targeting Over 1,800 Weekly Flights



Lufthansa Group
Lufthansa plans to resume flights to destinations such as Los Angeles, Toronto and Mumbai next month, and at the same time, it will resume some of its capacity that was suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis. By the end of June, Lufthansa will operate approximately 1,800 flights per week to 130 destinations. Due to the uncertainty of passenger demand, the development of new health rules and some market segregation measures, Lufthansa is developing a preliminary plan to restore capacity. OAG data shows that air capacity in Western Europe rose slightly by 0.8% this week. Lufthansa said on Friday that it will put another 80 aircraft into operation in June, so that Lufthansa will operate 160 aircraft in June. Lufthansa is negotiating an emergency assistance of 9 billion euros ($ 9.7 billion) with the German Economic Stability Fund. Previously, Lufthansa Group announced that the distribution cooperation agreement with American GDS giant Sabre will officially end on June 30 this year. Since then, tickets for Lufthansa Group airlines, including Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss Airlines and Brussels Airlines, will no longer be distributed through Sabre.
Lufthansa A330-300
Lufthansa A330-300

Airlines of the Lufthansa Group are planning to significantly expand their services with their June flight schedule, Lufthansa, SWISS and Eurowings will also be adding numerous leisure and summer destinations to their schedules. With over 106 destinations in Germany and Europe and more than 20 intercontinental destinations planned, Lufthansa Group will expand passenger offerings significantly. Their first batch of flights are available for reservation already.

Lufthansa A350
Lufthansa A350

“With the June flight schedule, we are making an important contribution to the revitalisation of the aviation infrastructure. It is an essential part of the German and European economic power. People want to and can travel again, whether on holiday or for business reasons. That’s why we will continue to expand our offer step by step in the coming months and connect Europe with each other and Europe with the world.”

Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of German Lufthansa AG

Lufthansa Restored Destinations* (in the first half of June)
MajorcaMexico City
PraguePort Harcourt,
BillundTel Aviv
SyltLos Angeles
RostockTel Aviv
Lufthansa’s long-haul flights are still subject to possible travel restrictions.
The destinations Newark/New York, Chicago, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Bangkok will continue to be offered. 

In the first half of June, Lufthansa would be adding 14 more long-haul destinations than May in its flight schedule. In total, Lufthansa, SWISS and Eurowings together will be offering almost four times as many oversea destinations as in May. Lufthansa will be planning further long-haul flights resumption during the second half of June.

The flight schedules of the Lufthansa Group airlines are closely coordinated, thus enabling reliable connectivity to European and intercontinental destinations once again.

Austrian Airlines, after presenting a post-crisis plan includes significant capacity cut by phasing out 28 aircraft, has decided to extend the regular flight suspension for a further week, from 31 May to 7 June. A resumption of service in June is being considered.

SWISS Plans To Resume 20% Of Its Original Services Capacity In June

SWISS is aiming to resume 20% services capacity by June and plans to resume service to various destinations in the Mediterranean region, and other major European centres such as Paris, Brussels and Moscow will also be considered.

For SWISS’s long-haul operations, their intercontinental services will continue to be offered in June, in addition to its current three weekly services to New York / Newark (USA). Flights from Zurich to New York JFK, Chicago, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Johannesburg is being planned.

Brussels Airlines, after deciding to reduce their fleet size by 30%, is planning to resume flight operations with a reduced network offer from 15 June.

Eurowings, Lufthansa Group’s wholly-owned low-cost subsidiary 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.

Eurowings Dash At Düsseldorf Airport
Eurowings Dash At Düsseldorf Airport

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Emirates To Resume Flights To Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Harare and Mauritius, Boosting Global Network To 92 Destinations



Emirates Boeing777-300er

Emirates has announced on 24 September 2020 that it will resume flights to Johannesburg (1 October), Cape Town (1 October), Durban (4 October) in South Africa; Harare in Zimbabwe (1 October); and Mauritius (3 October). The addition of the five points will expand the Emirates’ global network to 92 destinations, as the airline gradually resumes its operations while prioritising the safety of its customers, crew and the communities it serves around the world. 

Emirates’ African network will also now extend to 19 cities.

Customers flying in and out of Emirates’ three South African gateways can safely connect to Dubai and to an array of onwards connections to Europe, the Far East, Middle East, West Asia and Australasia.

  • Johannesburg (1 October) in South Africa;
  • Cape Town (1 October) in South Africa;
  • Durban (4 October) in South Africa;
  • Harare in Zimbabwe (1 October); 
  • Mauritius (3 October).

Emirates will operate to Harare with two weekly flights linked to its Lusaka service. The linked services will connect Zambia and Zimbabwe to key destinations across Europe, the Far East, the Americas, Australasia and West Asia with one convenient stop in Dubai.

Flights from Dubai to Mauritius will initially operate once a week on Saturdays, supporting the Mauritian government’s repatriation efforts to bring its citizens home, and enabling the recovery of the country’s tourism industry by safely connecting leisure travellers from Europe, the Far East and the Middle East to the popular Indian Ocean island destination. 

Customers can stop over or travel to Dubai as the city has re-opened for international business and leisure visitors. Ensuring the safety of travellers, visitors, and the community, COVID-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers arriving to Dubai (and the UAE), including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from.

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