Lufthansa German Airlines has begun a new non-stop service to Florida’s west coast.
Flight LH482 left Frankfurt at 11:00 and arrived at Tampa International Airport at 15:50 local time.
The return flight, LH483, will depart Tampa at 17:20 and arrive in Frankfurt 08:45.
Lufthansa’s summer schedule, running to October 25th, offers five weekly flights between Tampa and Frankfurt.
The winter schedule offers four flights per week.
Tampa joins Miami and Orlando as Lufthansa’s third destination in Florida, expanding Lufthansa’s presence in the United States to 18 gateways.
“It’s an exciting time at Lufthansa as Tampa is the first of several new leisure destinations that we plan to add to our network in the coming months,” said Karl Ulrich Garnadt, chief executive Lufthansa German Airlines and member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
“Passengers from the Tampa Bay area will now be able to experience the quality service and premium products that Lufthansa has always been known to offer, including our brand new Premium Economy Class that offers extra space for comfort and relaxation, as well as an elevated experience.”
The Airbus A340-300 – which is equipped with FlyNet, Lufthansa’s broadband internet access product – offers a three-class configuration that includes 18 Business Class seats, 19 Premium Economy seats and 261 Economy Class seats, for a total of 298 seats.
Frankfurt – Germany’s most international city – offers a rich culture and history.
With a population of about 5.6 million, the Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region is one of Europe’s leading economic centres and a popular travel destination with a wide range of tourist attractions and sights, including world-class ballet, opera, theatre, and art exhibitions.
Although only fifth in size among German cities, Frankfurt is Germany’s financial powerhouse.
The German Central Bank is there, as is the European Central Bank, which manages the euro.