Lufthansa is introducing its lowest-ever fares for flights on domestic routes in Germany. To coincide with the start of the 2002/03 winter timetable, the airline is launching a new, more flexible fare concept.
Fares for all domestic Lufthansa flights, which can be booked from 10 September and are not limited to a specific period of time, start at 98 euros, including taxes and charges. The lowest fare, if booked online, is only 88 euros. The added benefit is that these fares do not require a minimum stay or advance booking.
Lufthansa is also introducing other attractive price categories and so-called “combi-fares”, which are of special interest to business travellers. In future, if a particular fare is no longer available for an individual flight leg, the next higher fare will not automatically apply to both the outbound and return flights, but only to the relevant section of the route.
With its new concept Lufthansa aims to enhance its offering for customers, while the more flexible fares will boost the capacity utilisation of its aircraft. The new, lower fares and combi-fares will make flying at off-peak times more attractive for business and leisure travellers alike. “The aim of this revolutionary fare concept is not only to offer our customers cheaper flights, but also to give them more flexibility in planning their journey,” Ralf Teckentrup, Executive Vice President Network Management and Marketing Lufthansa German Airlines, told reporters today in Frankfurt. “With the new fares, which allow a fairer distribution of bookings, Lufthansa is also creating the precondition for improving the occupancy rate of previously vacant seats. This automatically results in greater efficiency. We expect to attract more passengers with the improved fare concept, in particular customers who today, when planning medium or longer-distance journeys, still opt to travel by car,” Ralf Teckentrup continued.
Lufthansa`s new fare system will enable customers to select the fares and the conditions attached to them that best suit their requirements and also make enormous savings if they book their flights carefully. Take a Lufthansa customer who wants to fly from Stuttgart to Düsseldorf for a meeting and return the same day. At present the ticket costs 443 euros, including taxes and charges. In future, the same customer will pay only 207 euros, which means a saving of about 53% if the booking is made in good time.
From October will extend the new fare concept to the UK and Turkey. In future further European countries will be added. In November alone, Lufthansa will offer between 150,000 and 200,000 seats at the new lower fare.
On the Berlin - Frankfurt route Lufthansa is only permitted to offer this fare if there is an overnight stay from Saturday to Sunday due to restrictions imposed by the Federal Cartel Office.
More information about the new and reduced fares and conditions (advance booking and minimum stay requirements etc.) will be available from 10 September on the Internet at www.lufthansa.com, at Lufthansa Call Centers on 01803-803 803, at all Lufthansa-designated travel agencies and at Lufthansa sales counters at airports.