Lufthansa Group is seeking to woo leisure travellers this winter, as the airlines add more destinations that appeal to tourists and leisure travellers to their schedules.
With the introduction of the new winter schedule on October 25th, the Lufthansa Group Airlines will offer their customers one of the densest route networks worldwide, featuring more than 20,380 flights per week.
This winter, via their hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, as well as via many point-to-point routes, the Lufthansa Group Airlines will serve 261 destinations in 101 countries.
Furthermore, in cooperation with 30 partner airlines, more than 18,000 codeshare flights will round off the respective flight offering, giving passengers access to an almost global network.
The winter schedules of the individual Group airlines will apply until Saturday March 27th 2016.
From today, the new price concept on domestic German and European routes will also apply to Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa.
In Economy Class, travellers can individually choose between the three graded fare options “Light”, “Classic” and “Flex”.
These options vary mainly with regard to the possibility of making advance seat reservations, re-booking or cancelling flights, and permitted free luggage allowances.
Since tickets went on sale last July, the new low-priced “Light” fare option has proved popular with customers. For all options, the Lufthansa Group Airlines as a premier airline still permits one free item of hand baggage.
Passengers are also offered free snacks and drinks on board, fixed seat allocation at the check-in counter as well as bonuses for “award miles”, “status miles” and “select miles”.
This winter, Lufthansa will serve 197 destinations and operate a total of 9,900 flights per week.
With the introduction of the winter schedule, Lufthansa is expanding its new intercontinental flight offering, which is tailored to the needs of leisure travellers.
Tampa (Florida), a new destination since September 25th, is the first of several new holiday destinations due to be added to the Lufthansa route network from Frankfurt in the coming months.
From the end of October, Nairobi (Kenya) will be included in the Lufthansa flight schedule, and at the beginning of December, Cancun (Mexico), served mainly by charter flights, Malé (Maldives) and Mauritius will follow, with Panama City rounding off the new timetable in March 2016.
This winter, Cape Town will once again be connected with the Munich hub.
From October 25th, the Airbus A340-600 in a four-class configuration will take off daily for South Africa.
Lufthansa customers can also escape the cold winter weather and fly to new destinations in the Canary Islands.
Germanwings and Eurowings
In the 2015/2016 winter timetable, Germanwings and Eurowings will offer a wide range of flights to 100 destinations in 36 countries, including intercontinental destinations.
Germanwings flights to Berlin-Schönefeld will complement the carrier’s existing services to Berlin.
A total of 35 flights per week will take off from Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport.
Germanwings will thus be the only airline flying from Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart to Berlin’s Tegel and Schönefeld airports.
This winter, for the first time, the new Eurowings will take off from its new Austrian base in Vienna, from where it will operate non-stop services to Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and London.
In November 2015, the airline will launch long-haul flights from Cologne/Bonn Airport with the Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
The first of six intercontinental destinations will be Varadero in Cuba.
Further destinations will be Phuket and Bangkok in Thailand, Dubai as well as Puerto Plata and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
This winter, the new SWISS flagship, the Boeing 777-300ER, will enter scheduled service on routes from Zurich.
From January 2016, the new long-haul aircraft will be deployed on the Zurich-New York route.
With the introduction of the winter timetable, SWISS will boost frequencies on its routes to Sao Paolo (Brazil) and Miami (Florida), and will also expand its services from Geneva to destinations in Russia and Portugal in order to meet seasonal demand.
In total, SWISS will thus fly to 105 destinations in 49 countries this winter.
In the 2015/2016 winter season, Austrian Airlines will offer its passengers a wide range of flights to as many as 130 destinations in 59 countries.
The airline will focus on tourist destinations such as Miami (Florida), which will be served five times a week.
From October, it will also offer flights to Mauritius and Colombo (Sri Lanka), and from November, to Marrakesh (Morocco).
In response to seasonal demand, Austrian Airlines will thus offer its passengers an attractive range of sunny destinations in the winter as well as in summer.
Once again, Belgium’s leading airline is underlining its position as the Africa specialist with the launch on October 26th of a new connection between Brussels Airport and Ghana.
From that date, the Ghanaian capital Accra will be served four times a week.
The flight schedule offers ideal connections to Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and the USA.
This winter, Brussels Airlines is also expanding its European flight schedule.