Lufthansa looks to Russia, Europe air taxi

Lufthansa German airline has suggested opening air taxi lines between Russia and Europe, Lufthansa regional director for Russia and the CIS Wolfgang Schmidt said in Nizhny Novgorod. He said the issue was discussed at intergovernmental negotiations a week ago, and the permission was given.

Small business-class aircraft capable of carrying seven to fifteen passengers will be used, he said.

Lufthansa launched similar services in European countries a week ago, Schmidt said. The demand appeared to be extensive, and the number of applications for individual flights is mounting day after day, he said.

The airline expects applications from Russian clients, and thinks that individual flights may be in demand in Russia, he said.

Lufthansa has been working in Russia and CIS member countries for 34 years, and the number of flights has increased to 171 per week, he said. The airline flies to nine cities of Russia and ten in CIS countries, he added.