British Midland and Lufthansa are set to further strengthen their codeshare co-operation with the launch of joint services between London Heathrow and Stuttgart and Hanover, beginning 28 March 1999. Services are currently operated solely by Lufthansa.
The new improved schedule will enable the carriers to offer an increase from two to three flights a day and travellers will now be able to benefit from a full working day to both cities out of London Heathrow. All flights will be operated by a British Midland aircraft out of Terminal 1.
These additional services have been added to meet the increasing demand from travellers to these major German cities and will become the fourth and fifth German destinations to be served by British Midland under the codeshare arrangement with Lufthansa. At present, British Midland operates to Cologne-Bonn and Dresden from Heathrow and from Manchester to Dusseldorf in co-operation with the German carrier.
Alex Grant, director of strategy and external affairs for British Midland, said:
“This further co-operation with Lufthansa supports our strategy of providing a comprehensive network into all Europe’s main business centres from the UK. The development of our codeshare arrangement with Lufthansa has enabled travellers to benefit from a much improved service to these destinations.”
Friedel Roedig, EVP Alliances, Lufthansa German Airlines, said:
“Both carriers make a concerted effort to better serve the routes into London Heathrow where demand is high but access strongly limited due to slot constraints. Our experience on the Cologne / Heathrow and Dusseldorf / Manchester routes tells us that our customers fully appreciate the high quality service provided by British Midland.”