As Lufthansa announced on Thursday in Frankfurt, the so-called returnee flight plan will be extended beyond the previously communicated number until at least May 17. In other words: flights from Germany start with much more space on the plane and mainly to allow people from abroad to return to Germany and Europe. Lufthansa cites existing national and international travel restrictions as the reason. Originally, the returnees’ flight plan was to be applied until May 3.
Lufthansa cuts flight hours even further
Meanwhile, Lufthansa is further reducing the already limited range of flights. Low demand makes a further reduction in flight hours inevitable to only 15 weekly long-haul connections. Lufthansa planes take off three times a week from Frankfurt to Newark (New York) and Chicago. There are also three trips a week to Sao Paulo (Brazil), Bangkok (Thailand) and Tokyo (Japan). The three weekly connections to Montreal (Canada) will be canceled.
In addition, Lufthansa offers 36 daily connections from Frankfurt to the most important cities in Germany and Europe. From Munich, actually an airport where Lufthansa has grown significantly in recent years, only six daily connections to cities in the interior of Germany will be available from May 4. All other connections are also canceled.
Austrian Airlines stays on the ground longer
Other Lufthansa Group airlines also only continue in emergency mode. Swiss only serves select European cities from Zurich and Geneva and continues to operate three weekly long-haul flights to Newark in the US Austrian Airlines again extended the grounding of all aircraft on Thursday. Flight operations are now suspended until at least May 17. The timing of the resumption of scheduled flight operations depends on the relaxation of travel restrictions and the associated increase in demand. “We are still ready for a slow restart,” AUA board member Andreas Otto said in Vienna on Thursday.
At Eurowings, the announced airframe program continues. A basic supply of German domestic connections and selected European destinations is guaranteed at the airports of Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Cologne.
Passengers can rebook
Passengers whose flights have been canceled or who were unable to catch their flight can keep their ticket and change their reservation to a new travel date before August 31 (no later than the end of April 2021) and, if necessary, to a new travel destination. If you start your trip before December 31 of this year, you will receive an additional discount of 50 euros for change of reservation.