Lufthansa is continuing to expand its global route network. From 25 March, when the 2007 summer timetable goes into effect, it will encompass 192 destinations in 78 countries (up from 188 destinations in 77 countries in summer 2006). “Lufthansa has never offered its customers such a wide choice of flights and destinations,” says Karl-Ulrich Garnadt, member of the Board of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines.
This summer, capacity across the network will be increased by four per cent year-on-year to take account of the three per cent growth in traffic on European routes and the 4.4 per cent increase in long-haul traffic. “Thanks to 13 new routes and additional services on our main routes, our customers will reach their destinations faster and will have a greater choice of connecting flights,” Garnadt added.
The port city of Busan in South Korea is the latest addition to Lufthansa’s long-haul network. In Europe, eanwhile, passengers will be able to fly Lufthansa non-stop to Tirana and to Valencia. Other new European destinations are Bastia on the island of Corsica, Hungary’s Lake Balaton and the Danish island of Bornholm.
The new timetable will go into effect on Sunday 25 March (the start of summer time in many European countries) and will be valid until 27 October 2007. Over a million yellow Lufthansa pocket timetables will be published in various languages.
New long-haul flights to South Korea and the United States
Lufthansa is further expanding its long-haul network in response to increasing customer demand. When a second daily service is added to an existing route, the destination will in most instances also be connected to a second Lufthansa hub (Frankfurt or Munich). Lufthansa is the only airline to serve South Korea direct from Munich. The airline will launch its new thrice-weekly service from Munich to Busan, the largest port city in the Asian country, which will be operated as an onward flight from Seoul. Including the new Seoul-Busan route from Munich and the existing daily service from Frankfurt to Seoul, Lufthansa will operate ten flights a week from Germany to South Korea. Furthermore, the airline will increase its flights
between Frankfurt and the Chinese financial city of Shanghai to a double-daily service.
Lufthansa is also expanding its flight offering to the USA by adding a new daily non-stop service from Munich to Denver and an additional second daily service on its Frankfurt-Detroit route. With 256 flights to 19 destinations in the USA and Canada, Lufthansa offers one of the densest route networks between Europe and North America.
116 European destinations in 37 countries
Lufthansa is also further strengthening its European network by increasing its frequencies on several routes and adding new, attractive destinations. Services will be resumed to Tirana with two non-stop flights per day from Munich to offer passengers greater flexibility. Another new addition is Valencia, which Lufthansa will serve non-stop from Düsseldorf and Hamburg.
This summer, the Spanish city is hosting the America’s Cup, one of the world’s most famous regattas. Valencia is one of five new destinations that will be served from Hamburg: Bastia, an ideal base from which to explore the French island of Corsica; Bornholm (Rønne Airport), a popular Danish island in the Baltic; and Balaton-Airport, near Lake Balaton in Hungary (which will also be served from Düsseldorf). Palma de Mallorca will be served as before from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. New routes will also be operated from other German airports. This summer, Lufthansa will offer non-stop flights from Stuttgart to Prague and Marseille.
A Lufthansa jet takes off every 44 seconds
A total of 13,700 flights a week are scheduled for the 2007 summer timetable (compared with 13,140 in summer 2006). Each week, 5,584 of those flights will take off from or land at Frankfurt, Lufthansa’s largest hub. Its second hub, Munich, follows close behind with 5,046 flight movements a week. Almost 78 per cent of all Lufthansa flights are operated from one of Lufthansa’s two hubs. “Every 44 seconds – statistically speaking – a Lufthansa jet takes off somewhere in the world. If you include all the Star Alliance partners, it is even every six seconds,” Karl-Ulrich Garnadt notes.
Lufthansa is one of the 17 partner airlines in the Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline grouping. This means that Lufthansa passengers can book flights right across the global Star Alliance network. With its three regional partner airlines, Star Alliance offers more than 16,000 flights per day to 855 cities in 155 countries.