Owing to present economic conditions and the sustained drop in demand, Lufthansa is scratching more of its flight schedules from the 2001/2002 winter timetable. The airline is thereby reducing its capacity by a total of 43 aircraft.
In order to achieve a lasting improvement in the steep decline in utilisation of its intercontinental flights, Lufthansa is further consolidating its long-haul capacity especially. The daily flights to New York from Dusseldorf and Munich are being dropped from the timetable. In Munich, Lufthansa is also for the time being discontinuing connections to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sao Paulo. Continuation of flights to Singapore is currently being studied. In contrast, Lufthansa intends to resume connections ex Munich to Johannesburg and Shanghai. Chicago and Hong Kong will continue to be served from Munich so that the Bavarian metropolis will be linked direct with three continents.
Alongside frequency cuts in German domestic and European traffic ex Frankfurt, Lufthansa is ceasing its flights from there to Sana in the winter timetable.
Besides services from the airline’s two major hubs, the capacity cuts also encompass the Cologne-Birmingham and Berlin-London/City routes.
“Lufthansa is adhering to its strategy of expansion at its two international hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. To that end, Terminal 2 in Munich is to be ?completed on schedule” despite the present situation,” said Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Lufthansa Executive Board Member and President and Chief Operating Officer of the passenger airline. “These measures will enable us to match capacities to reduced demand while, simultaneously, maintaining a network of more than 800 destinations in cooperation with our Star Alliance partners.”