Lufthansa has agreed a €9 billion bailout with the German federal government Economic Stabilisation Fund as it sees to avoid financial collapse in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Germany airline Lufthansa has unveiled plans to relaunch connections from financial capital Frankfurt to Dubai. The flag-carrier will connect the two cities from June 7th, with three weekly departures.
From June 1st, Lufthansa, Eurowings and Swiss will resume services from Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Dublin to Frankfurt, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Cologne.
Lufthansa is negotiating a €9 billion bailout with German authorities as the coronavirus continues to have a severe impact on international travel. “The negotiations and the process of political decision-making are still ongoing,” the airline said in a statement.
Lufthansa Group has become the latest carrier to request all passengers wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth onboard flights. In addition, the group recommends that passengers wear them throughout the entire journey.
The rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic and the travel restrictions imposed worldwide as a result have triggered the return of an unprecedented number of holidaymakers and travellers since mid-March.
According to an assessment from the German flag-carrier, it will take several months until the global travel restrictions are completely lifted and years until the worldwide demand for air travel returns to pre-crisis levels.
The decision also means that all remaining flights of the original flight schedule before May 3rd will be cancelled. Flights which were planned to operate until April 24th were cancelled at an earlier date.
Austrian Airlines has announced it will temporarily suspend all scheduled flight operations as of Thursday. The Lufthansa-owned carrier said it was reacting to restrictions imposed by many countries in response to the increased spread of the coronavirus.
The decision comes despite the new travel guidelines ordered by the Trump administration on passengers from the European Union, Switzerland and other countries.
Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by the spread of Covid-19, Lufthansa is planning to drastically cut capacity and potentially ground its fleet of Airbus A380s.
Until the end of March, Lufthansa is cancelling a total of approximately 7,100 flights - including 3,750 flights from Frankfurt to 75 airports, and 3,350 flights from Munich to 65 airports.