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

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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)
FromIntra-EuropeanLong-haul
FrankfurtHanoverToronto
MajorcaMexico City
SofiaAbuja
PraguePort Harcourt,
BillundTel Aviv
NiceRiyadh
ManchesterBahrain
BudapestJohannesburg
DublinDubai 
RigaMumbai
Krakow
Bucharest
Kiev
MunichMünster/OsnabrückChicago
SyltLos Angeles
RostockTel Aviv
Vienna
Zurich
Brussels
Majorca
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.

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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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SAS To Double Its Capacity In June

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Parked SAS Fleet
As more and more countries are easing travel restrictions, SAS, the flag carrier of 3 nordic countries which has cancelled nearly all flights since March, has released a statement in which it will join a growing number of its European counterparts to resume flights to several destinations from June onwards. These routes are primarily domestic flights within and between the Scandinavian countries, with flights to New York, Chicago and Amsterdam from Copenhagen are also set to resume. Scandinavian Airlines’ decision on resuming flights and adding existing service frequencies in all three countries means that SAS is set to double its capacity in June, increasing from having the equivalent of 15 aircraft in service to 30.

SAS has taken a number of measures to ensure your safety and well-being on board.
SAS has taken a number of measures to ensure your safety and well-being on board.

From Copenhagen, SAS is resuming international flights to Amsterdam, New York and Chicago.

SAS has already restored all of its domestic destinations in Norway, it will now add two more Norwegian destinations to Copenhagen from Bergen and Stavanger and one of its strategic oil route from Stavanger to Aberdeen.

In Sweden, SAS is adding four domestic destinations from Arlanda; Malmö, Ängelholm, Kalmar and Skellefteå. SAS is also resuming 2 international routes from Stockholm to Helsinki and Turku, in Finland.



Date of resumptionRoutes
From 1 JuneARN-SFTStockholm – Skellefteå
From 2 JuneCPH-AARCopenhagen – Aarhus
From 8 JuneCPH-AMSCopenhagen – Amsterdam
CPH-BGOCopenhagen –  Bergen
CPH-SVGCopenhagen – Stavanger
SVG-ABZStavanger – Aberdeen
ARN-HELStockholm – Helsinki
ARN-TKUStockholm – Turku
ARN-MMXStockholm – Malmö
ARN-KLRStockholm – Kalmar
From 10 JuneCPH-EWRCopenhagen – New York
CPH-ORDCopenhagen – Chicago
From 15 JuneARN-AGHStockholm – Ängelholm

Updates To SAS Traffic Operation, June 2020

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Aegean Airlines Gradually Resumes Flights With Limited International Frequencies

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Aegean Airlines A320 Fleet
Greece has entered the third phase of “unlocking” this week, and domestic and international flights have gradually returned. Aegean Airlines issued a statement on May 18, announcing a series of measures and flexible ticketing policies. Aegean Airlines’ president said in an interview that the company suffered serious losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year may be the worst year in the company’s history. At present, Aegean Airlines has resumed flights between the main mainland and Crete, and other islands will resume flights in the next few weeks. In terms of international flights, Aegean Airlines will first resume round-trip flights between Athens and Munich, Frankfurt, Geneva and Zurich, and increased frequencies for their only non-suspended route to Brussels.

Aegean Airlines A320
Aegean Airlines A320

AEGEAN, a Star Alliance member airline, has been maintaining all domestic destinations with limited frequency flight service since 26 March, in an effort to facilitate minimum essential for the island’s needs and a small number of weekly flights from Athens to Brussels in order to maintain the country’s connectivity with the EU’s administrative centre.

Aegean Airlines also operated numerous humanitarian cargo flights for medical and pharmaceutical supplies transportation from China to Greece and Cyprus, in cooperation with the relevant authorities, the airline has operated repatriation flights from various international destinations. 


AEGEAN gradually adds frequencies on domestic network

Following the gradual ease of travel restrictions within Greece and entry regulations to other European countries gradually to be announced, AEGEAN will be enhancing connectivity in its domestic network.

As of May 18th, AEGEAN will be gradually increasing capacity to Heraklion, Chania, Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis, while additional frequencies will be added to Rhodes, Corfu, Mytilene, Chios, Samos and other domestic destinations, as of May 25th.   


AEGEAN will gradually restore international operations

By the end of May, AEGEAN will gradually restore international operations to some major European destinations. In particular, AEGEAN plans to restart operations from its Athens hub to Munich, Zurich, Frankfurt and Geneva, initially within a limited frequency. At the same time, more flights will be operated to Brussels, which is the only international destination that hasn’t been suspended. 



AEGEAN is willing to gradually restore its network with extreme cautiousness, as stated in the airline’s press statement. While fully respecting the tremendous national effort to control the COVID-19 outbreak within the country, Aegean Airlines’ utmost priority is still to assist authorities in developing relevant health protocols for both passengers and crews.

AEGEAN has already enhanced the increased precautionary measures while boarding and during a flight in preparation for the resumption of flight services, including the mandatory use of a mask during flight, alongside the aircraft cleaning and disinfection processes, and is in close cooperation with the relevant authorities in order to implement additional safety measures with respect to social distancing and sanitation, upon official announcements.


An Aegean Airlines Airbus A320neo in its brand new livery, Greece, May 11, 2020.
An Aegean Airlines Airbus A320neo in its brand new livery, Greece, May 11, 2020. Image Rights: REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Board Chairman of Aegean Airlines Eftychios Vassilakis told Reuters during an interview stated that Aegean Airlines “burns” 40 million euros every month, and the fixed expenses only cost 25 million euros per month. “The company” burns money “in order to continue flying. Vasilakis said that during the crisis, the Greek government provided financial support to Aegean Airlines. As “You cannot afford to be one of the very few airlines in Europe that have not been helped.” But he did not specify the form and details of the funding.

By the end of the year, AEGEAN will be operating its whole fleet with 65 planes, including the first 6 Airbus A320/321neo aircraft, making it one of the youngest fleet in Europe. Vasilyakis also said that Aegean will be resuming 25% before July and 50% before September, under a best-case scenario,

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