Lufthansa to shift 90 planes to new low-cost unit

Unit would focus on short-haul flights not based at two main hubs

More details have emerged on the low-cost division that may be established by Lufthansa, under which as many as 90 aircraft could be operated. As previously reported, Lufthansa is considering the possibility of shifting a significant number of flights to a new low-cost division, which has the working name Direct4U, as it seeks to cut years of losses on European routes.
The unit would combine short-haul flights not based at Lufthansa’s two main hubs with exisiting low-cost subsidiary Germanwings, according to CEO Christoph Franz, a move that would cut expenses while maintaining service standards and prices. The aim is to return to profit the shorter trips that do not feed passengers onto money-making intercontinental routes.
Air France has also said it will simplify its European routes and IAG has created Iberia Express. “Short-haul wasn’t contributing even in the good times and high fuel prices have sharpened airlines’ attention to that,” one industry analyst at London-based Espirito Santo comments.
Bloomberg
[pictured: Lufthansa A380 cockpit close-up]

x

Check Also

Ryanair’s cabin baggage rules change

Passengers no longer able to carry two cabin bags on board

Billund Airport looks ahead to busy 2018

Western Danish airport smashes new records for 2017

Lufthansa beats Ryanair as Europe’s top airline

Lufthansa Group as a whole carried 130 million passengers in 2017

Bergen two new routes, Billund one

Air France and Wizz Air announce fresh expansions

Lufthansa looks for 8000 new employees

Largest growth in cabin crew with 4,000 new employees

IAG buys Niki: what to watch for

Are IAG and Vueling the deal’s only winners?