Lufthansa, Germanwings alter winter destinations

Bigger capacity and more destinations in winter timetable

Lufthansa and its low-cost subsidiary Germanwings say they are marginally expanding their services in the forthcoming winter flight schedules. Their joint capacity will increase by 1.1%, a growth attributable to the deployment of larger aircraft.

In combination with Germanwings, Lufthansa is offering 12,162 weekly flights to 211 destinations in 81 countries. The new winter timetable runs from October 27 to March 29.

Lufthansa Airbus A380s and Boeing 747-8s will be deployed on further connections in the winter flight schedules. The A380 has already been flying five times a week from Frankfurt to Shanghai since the end of September. Also since September, the B747-8 has been operating on the Frankfurt–Mexico City route. It will also start flights from Frankfurt to Chicago when the winter timetable comes into force.

In addition, services will be increased to daily on Frankfurt-Philadelphia and Frankfurt-Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Lufthansa will again be flying its seasonal route in winter from Munich to Cape Town.

When the Olympic flame is lit in Sochi for the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, Lufthansa will be flying fans and competitors to the Black Sea on a special connection set up for the winter games, five times weekly from January 24 to March 17 on an Airbus A321.

More of the Lufthansa point-to-point flights in Europe will be transferred to Germanwings in the forthcoming timetable as the switch is continued in the winter schedules. Germanwings is taking over all Lufthansa connections in Europe which are not operated through the Frankfurt and Munich hubs.


[pictured: Airbus A330-300; courtesy Lufthansa]