Lufthansa expands winter schedule

12th Oct 2006

Lufthansa is further expanding its global network and in the forthcoming winter season,
it is planning to offer flights to a total of 183 destinations in 78 countries.Available capacity across the network
will be increased by 3.3 per cent. European services will grow by 6.0 per cent,
long-haul services by 2.2 per cent. Lufthansa passengers will thus have a choice of
12,908 flights per week. Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is a new destination in the
long-haul network, while additional flights will be offered to San Francisco and São
Paulo. On European routes, Lufthansa is augmenting its services to Moscow,
Innsbruck, Geneva, London City Airport, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia during this
winter timetable, which is valid from 29 October 2006 to 24 March 2007 and coincides
with winter time in many countries in Europe.
From 1 December 2006, Lufthansa passengers will be able to fly non-stop to Kolkata,
the capital of West Bengal, for the first time. The new service will operate thrice
weekly from Frankfurt. Lufthansa is thus steadily strengthening its position as the
market leader in the Asian subcontinent. With 88 flights a week, it offers more
connections between Europe and India than any other airline. “Our winter timetable
underpins our sound strategy of further augmenting our network in key target growth
markets such as India,” explains Dr. Holger Hätty, member of the Airline Board,
Lufthansa German Airlines. “With almost 300 flights a week to 24 destinations,
Lufthansa remains the strongest European airline in the Asian market.”

Besides the existing flights offered on a codeshare basis with South African
Airways, Lufthansa will resume services to Cape Town in South Africa this winter and
operate the route itself. Long-haul services from Munich will also be further
expanded. With two more flights a week to San Francisco, Lufthansa will serve the
Californian city daily during the winter months. Moreover, the new service from
Munich to São Paulo, which was launched on 13 September, will be continued in the
winter timetable in addition to the daily service to São Paulo from Frankfurt.

This winter, customers will benefit from new services from all the major airports
served by Lufthansa. The timetable from Hamburg includes five new European
destinations, which are also very attractive for leisure travellers: the Russian
capital Moscow, Innsbruck and Geneva - two destinations which will appeal
particularly to winter sports enthusiasts (Lufthansa’s partner airlines Austrian and
Swiss will operate these routes on a codeshare basis) - as well as Palma de Mallorca
and Valencia. From 29 October, sun-seeking passengers will also be able to fly to
these two popular resorts on the Mediterranean from Düsseldorf.

In addition, Geneva, a city with an international flair, will be served by six
flights a week from Stuttgart. Business travellers will profit from new connections
to the town-based London City Airport as well, which will be included into the
timetable for the first time departing from Hamburg and Nuremberg. The Munich
flights to London City will also be continued for this winter. “We are increasing
our European services in response to customers’ wishes and further strengthening our
dense European network. The additional flights will be operated not only from our
Frankfurt and Munich hubs, but also from other German airports,” stresses Dr. Holger
Hätty. “For our customers, flight time and proximity to an airport are important
criteria when planning their journey.”

Three quarters of all Lufthansa flights are operated via Frankfurt or Munich
Each week a total of 5,352 flights take off and land at Frankfurt, Lufthansa’s
largest hub. Its second hub, Munich, comes a close second with 4,678 flight
movements. Almost 78 per cent of all Lufthansa flights connect to one of these two


Lufthansa passengers also benefit from the route network of Star Alliance, the
world’s largest aviation alliance, which now encompasses 18 airlines. In all, Star
Alliance, including the three regional member airlines, offers more than 16,000
flights a day to 841 destinations in 157 countries.


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