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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)
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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SAS Launches Transfer Testing Solutions At Copenhagen Airport



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The Chinese government recently issued new regulations that all passengers on flights to China need to undergo nucleic acid and serum IgM antibody tests in advance. The testing equipment at Copenhagen Airport will be put into use from November 16. Transit passengers need to set aside 4 hours for testing and obtain testing reports. This time is expected to be shortened to 1 hour after 2-3 weeks. Passengers who have undergone pre-boarding double-checks on flights to China at Copenhagen Airport can board directly with the negative test report. Scandinavian Airlines will continue to provide passengers with the latest news about the Copenhagen Airport testing facilities.

More flexible rebooking and cancellation for flights connecting to China

According to the new regulations, transit passengers need to undergo nucleic acid testing and serum IgM antibody testing in countries that fly directly to China, which may require extending their stay in Copenhagen, and thus need to rebook or cancel the original flight to Copenhagen. In order to facilitate passengers to accept the test on time, SAS is allowing passengers to rebook or cancel the flight to Copenhagen for free. The resulting change fee, refund fee and possible fare difference will be all exempted, that is to say, all are free. Normally, European inland segments are not allowed to be changed or cancelled individually. Please note that SAS is not responsible for other expenses incurred due to rescheduling, such as accommodation. There is no refund for cancelled connecting flights.

Extra Check-in Baggage For Students Fly From China

Scandinavian Airlines are now launching very attractive one-way tickets from China. All students departing from China who purchase SAS flight tickets in economy class only need to show a valid student ID at the airport check-in counter to check in one extra piece of luggage. This means that students travelling in economy class (except for Go Light) can carry two pieces of checked luggage, each of which must not exceed 23 kg. The free extra baggage check will be done manually at the airport check-in counter.

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