The group plans to deploy additional Eurowings long-haul capacity to its Frankfurt and Munich hubs from October.
Lufthansa Group says it will be significantly expanding its tourist-oriented long-haul portfolio at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.
After what it claims have been successes by Swiss leisure subsidiary Edelweiss in Zürich and the deployment of the first few Eurowings long-haul aircraft departing Munich, there will now also be flights from Frankfurt and an increase in routes from Munich.
For Frankfurt, this means that as of this coming autumn Eurowings will be taking off from the metropolis on the River Main for the first time. The LCC already has bases in ten German and Austrian airports.
As a first step, Eurowings will offer flights from Frankfurt to the vacation islands of Mauritius and Barbados when the winter flight schedule comes into effect in October.
There will also be flights to Windhoek in Namibia, with other destinations currently being planned. All flights will be available for booking from March 13.
As for its Munich hub, Eurowings has already been offering long-haul links to a range of tourist destinations since last summer. In the upcoming winter schedule it will also be connecting the Bavarian capital with Bangkok with other destinations being planned.
For this expansion in the tourism segment, Eurowings will be using its seven Airbus A330s with up to 310 seats, aircraft that have been operated by Sun Express. These will be distributed between the two hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.
“Demand is increasing rapidly, especially in this area. It is therefore only consistent that we offer an additional product line in Frankfurt and expand our portfolio in Munich. This will help us to further strengthen our position,” explains Harry Hohmeister, member of the executive board at Lufthansa Group and chief commercial officer for network airlines.
“Lufthansa’s feeder flights and the hubs in Frankfurt and Munich will make it even easier for our passengers to reach the most beautiful places in the world in future.”
The news comes as Lufthansa forges closer cooperation with Germany’s biggest hub.
“It is the right strategic step for the group to combine the strengths of its two largest airlines in Frankfurt. […] We will be combining a product tailored to leisure travellers and families and the affordable cost structure of Eurowings with the sales and marketing power of Lufthansa at the Frankfurt location,” says Thorsten Dirks, chief executive of Eurowings.
“This makes it possible for the group to successfully evolve its portfolio for the growing tourism and leisure travel segment at Germany’s largest airport.”