In view of weaker demand in the coming winter
flight schedules, Lufthansa has decided to reduce the number of
its weekly flights, especially on German and European routes. All
in all, a total of 12,406 weekly flights will be laid on the new
winter timetable (previous year: 13,402), a decrease of 7.4%.
Through gradual withdrawal of smaller
regional aircraft and the deployment of larger types, the
available seat capacity will remain stable in a year-on-year
comparison. Overall, through fleet re-dimensioning, the capacity –
measured in available seat kilometres - will increase marginally
by 1.1%, principally through the use of new aircraft in
inter-continental traffic. The winter timetable 2009/2010 is valid
for the period commencing Sunday, 25 October 2009 through to
Saturday, 27 March 2010.
In the new winter flight
schedules, Lufthansa is offering connections to 191 destinations
in 78 countries (compared with 194 destinations in 79 countries in
winter 2008/09). With 11,282 German domestic and European flights
weekly (previous year: 12,278 flights), the downsizing is mainly
in the continental route network. Long-haul services in contrast
with a weekly 1,146 intercontinental flights (previous year: 1,124
flights) will increase marginally.
Karl Ulrich Garnadt, Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board,
said "We are keeping a presence in all traffic regions
and cancelling flight connections only when alternatives
are available to our passengers.
This adaptation is a measure resulting from the CLIMB 2011
cost-cutting programme, with which the Lufthansa passenger
business is aiming to improve its results on a sustained basis by
a billion euros by 2011. At the same time, we are opening up new
markets in West Africa, for example, so as to harness new grow
Renewed adjustment to the timetable in line
with declining demand will be effected largely by scrapping
individual flight frequencies, amalgamating specific routes and
the assumption of selected connections by airlines in the
Lufthansa Group. In the winter schedules, for example, the flights
operated to Brussels by Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines in
cross-border traffic between Germany and Belgium will be
rearranged and harmonised. Lufthansa will take over the
connections to the Belgian capital from its Frankfurt and Munich
hubs, Brussels Airlines will in return connect Brussels with
Hamburg and Berlin.
Despite the cuts, Lufthansa
is continuing to develop new, strategically important growth
markets. Among its principal targets are West and
Central Africa. Lufthansa is further increasing its
services in that region and will be flying daily to the
Nigerian capital Abuja when the new timetable starts.
Those flights will continue thrice-weekly to Malabo
(Equatorial Guinea) and four times weekly to Nigeria's
Port Harcourt, which is new to the timetable. In July,
Lufthansa is commencing a new connection to
Libreville in Gabon. In this region, rich in raw materials,
Lufthansa is also flying to Luanda (Angola) and Lagos (Nigeria).
In comparison with the previous year, Lufthansa is doubling its
services to the oil-producing countries in West and Central Africa
from 11 to 21 flights weekly.
Since 1 October, Lufthansa
customers have been able to book new codeshare connections with
cooperation partner JetBlue. The US carrier is operating flights
also under Lufthansa flight numbers from 11 November 2009 with
seamless flight connections ex New York or Boston to twelve US
destinations and Puerto Rico. Additionally, seasonal services
Hamburg–Innsbruck (Austria), Frankfurt–Cape Town (South Africa)
and Dusseldorf–Miami (USA) will be resumed.
In the past
few months, Lufthansa has for economic discontinued flights to
Erivan (Arme-nia), Bristol (UK), Ufa (Russia) and Portland/Oregon
The airlines in the Lufthansa Group – Austrian
Airlines, bmi, Brussels Airlines and SWISS – are also commencing
their winter flight schedules on 25 October. In harness with
Lufthansa, all five airlines are together serving 254 destinations
in 101 countries on four continents via their hubs at Brussels,
Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, Munich, Vienna and Zurich.
They are also each augmenting their own services with an array of
codeshare fights with partner airlines.
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