What’s new in summer at Lufthansa Group airlines?

Long list from Austrian, Brussels, Eurowings, Lufthansa, Swiss
Lufthansa Group member airlines Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and Swiss will be flying to 316 destinations in 101 countries in their 2016 summer schedules, which come into effect on March 27. That’s slightly lower than the 321 points in 103 countries last summer.
Lufthansa itself will serve 205 destinations. New to its network from Frankfurt is San Jose, which gets a five-times-weekly service from July 1 and which the airline says is “an appealing alternative to San Francisco, which is just 70 kilometres away”.
Lufthansa is also adding two new European destinations from Frankfurt, namely Alicante and Tirana.
From its Munich hub, the airline has new long-haul flights to Denver (five flights a week) and Tehran (thrice-weekly). Leisure destinations from Munich include Santorini and Corfu in Greece and Porto, Portugal.
Demand for travel to and from Eastern Europe is on the rise, Lufthansa says, and its first flights from Munich to Debrecen in Hungary and Rzeszów in Poland begin. Odessa in Ukraine also returns to the Munich-based network. Tallinn is another new destination available from Munich, to be offered in conjunction with Adria Airways.
Lufthansa also plans to expand its network with partner British Midland – to Norrköping, Southampton, Bergamo and Rostock from Munich.
Austrian Airlines will offer a network of 130 destinations in 55 countries this summer. Services include almost daily flights to North American destinations New York, Washington, Toronto, Chicago and Miami. It will also go up to daily to Shanghai, Bangkok and Tokyo.
Brussels Airlines flies to a long list of destinations new to summer this year: Toronto, Accra, Nantes, Heraklion, Thessaloniki, Jerez, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and – a first in the Lufthansa Group – Belfast. It will also fly the new Brussels-Nuremberg route.
For now, Lufthansa’s low-cost unit Eurowings will not make a decision on expanding its long-haul fleet until it improves an operation that has been beset by delays, Reuters writes. Technical problems recently delayed one of its flights to Cuba by over 60 hours.
But new to its long-haul network will be Boston and Mauritius, both from Cologne. Bangkok, Phuket, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic and Varadero in Cuba also get their first summer Eurowings services.
Other new services from Cologne include Varna (Bulgaria), Mahon (Spain) and Brindisi (Italy), which will all be served from Düsseldorf too. Two new points in Turkey – Bodrum and Samsun – will be served from Cologne, while Hanover-Antalya and Düsseldorf-Kutahya Zafer further expand Eurowings’ summer coverage of the Turkish travel market.
Eurowings Stuttgart will offer a new route to Pula (Croatia), while Cagliari (Italy) will be newly served from both Hamburg and Berlin. The Italian market will be further served by flights on the Vienna-Rome and Hamburg-Pisa routes. Destinations from Hamburg include Ibiza, and from Düsseldorf the airline flies to Edinburgh and East Midlands (UK), Kavala (Greece) and Lisbon.
In further developments, Alicante (Spain) and Bastia (France) will be newly served from Düsseldorf and Vienna this summer. And flights from Vienna to Faro (Portugal) and Valencia (Spain) further supplement Eurowings’ 2016 summer schedules.
Finally, Swiss will add to its services from Zurich (Alicante) and Geneva (Lamezia Terme in Italy) as well as adding frequencies to existing European and intercontinental destinations. The airline’s new flagship Boeing 777-300ER will be introduced on a number of routes this summer.
TTG Nordic / Reuters