Newcastle International Airport announces return of Lufthansa with new route to Frankfurt

Newcastle International Airport has announced the return of Lufthansa as the airline begins operating a new route to Frankfurt, Germany.

Lufthansa will now operate flights twice a week between Newcastle and the European Financial District throughout July, before increasing to daily from August onward.

The route is an important step in the rebuilding of global connectivity from the region and links the North East to Lufthansa’s largest global hub. As international travel recovers, passengers will be able to access cities throughout Europe, The Middle East, the Americas, Africa and Asia Pacific through Lufthansa’s global network.

The route also provides passengers with a new city break option with Frankfurt’s rich collection of museums, vibrant art scene and proximity to the city of Heidelberg and Germany’s famous Black Forest. Frankfurt and its surrounding Rhine-Main-region is located in the centre of Germany, and is famous for Rheingau wines and its German Ciders. Besides being home to Europe’s highest skyscrapers, the city is known for its popular outdoor Christmas Markets in Europe, which dates to 1393.

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘The return of Lufthansa to the Airport marks another major milestone in our recovery and is fantastic news for us and the region. Flights can be purchased at Lufthansa.com.

‘We are delighted to be able to add Frankfurt to the list of over 70 other direct destinations offered from the Airport. Connectivity is vital for the region’s future and as demand for international travel grows our passengers from the North East will be able to seamlessly connect to destinations across the globe thanks to Lufthansa’s wider network via Frankfurt.

‘The safety of our passengers and staff remains our number one priority. Our Ten Point Plan of COVID-19 safety measures has recently been awarded an accreditation from the International Civil Aviation Organisation and our teams across the Airport are working hard to ensure the terminal remains a safe environment for all.’

‘The resumption of our Lufthansa service at Newcastle Airport starts with a premiere, as we connect Newcastle now with Frankfurt – our biggest hub’ says Marco Willa, General Manager Sales UK Lufthansa Group. ‘It offers all our connections within the same terminal for an easy and reliable transfer. We are also contributing to the tourism in North East England.’

Lufthansa announces daily service from Bristol to Frankfurt

Lufthansa is set to commence a new daily service from Bristol Airport to Frankfurt, starting June 28, 2021.

This is the first Frankfurt service for Lufthansa from Bristol strengthening the South West’s accessibility to Germany. The new route will provide business travellers with increased opportunity to trade in one of the world’s leading financial centres and adds onward connections for leisure travellers. Frankfurt is a popular for world-class attractions, including the opera house, Goethe Museum and the Deutsches Film Museum, with much to explore for tourists and culture seekers.

Commenting on the new service, Andreas Koster, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland, Lufthansa Group, said: ‘We are looking forward to resuming our Bristol service this upcoming summer and offering our customers great connectivity within our world-wide, multi-hub system. As one of the largest carriers in Europe, with just a short stopover in Frankfurt, our customers will have access to hundreds of connections to numerous destinations within our vast, global network.’

Dave Lees, CEO, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is incredibly positive news for Bristol Airport and the region. Lufthansa is a major global airline and this decision shows confidence in air travel returning to normal. The new daily service commencing 28 June between Bristol and Frankfurt opens up a wide range of European and worldwide connections to our customers. Frankfurt is a great city whether for business or leisure and the link between Bristol and Frankfurt allows us to promote the South West and Wales region to inbound visitors from Germany and beyond. Today’s news is a strong indication of the confidence in the region. We see great potential for this new service and will work with Lufthansa on other exciting route opportunities in the future.’

The Frankfurt service will also provide increased connectivity to long-haul destinations including Tokyo, Cape Town and Singapore. With a global, multi-hub network fares to Frankfurt from Bristol start from £104 return (including taxes, fees, carrier charges and carry on baggage) and are available to book now at lufthansa.com.

Lufthansa to commence new route between Newcastle International Airport and Frankfurt

Newcastle International Airport has announced the addition of a new daily service to Frankfurt Airport, which will be operated by Lufthansa.

The central German city of Frankfurt is a popular choice for both business and leisure passengers. Besides being home to one of the largest stock exchanges and Europe’s Central Bank, the city has a rich collection of museums, many vineries in the Rheingau region and is near to Germany’s Black Forest as well as other popular German regions.

The new route will commence on the June 28, 2021, and flights will operate seven days a week between the two cities. Frankfurt Airport is Lufthansa’s largest hub and will provide passengers with easy access to cities throughout Europe, The Middle East, the Americas, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Flights will depart Frankfurt at 16:10 every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and depart Newcastle at 17:35. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, flights will depart Frankfurt at 10:20 and Newcastle at 12:15. Flights are on sale now and are available to book at Lufthansa.com. Fares to Frankfurt start from £89 round trip including all taxes, fees and carrier charges and carry-on bag.

Andreas Koster, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland, Lufthansa Group said: ‘We can offer a huge connectivity as we take advantage of our hub system in Frankfurt. Lufthansa can provide more than hundred connections beyond Frankfurt to all relevant destinations world-wide, just with one single transit. We are very happy to return this upcoming summer, reconnect Newcastle International Airport to our huge network and resume our connection for our customers in North-East England.’

Nick Jones, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Lufthansa back to Newcastle International Airport and it is fantastic news for the North East and beyond that the airline will be operating this new daily service to Frankfurt.

‘The addition of this route not only provides a new direct destination, but also access to another major global hub for the North East public from the Airport.

‘Frankfurt Airport feeds directly into Lufthansa’s extensive onward connection network and will give passengers even more opportunity to travel to destinations across Europe and the wider world. This will help to support the restoration of crucial global connectivity from the region as we look to compete in the future.’

Lufthansa announces new Newcastle -Munich service

German airline Lufthansa has recently commenced a nonstop service from Newcastle to Munich.

This is the first Munich service for Lufthansa from Newcastle, opening its seventh destination in the UK. The new service complements the existing Eurowings direct flight to Dusseldorf.

The six-weekly service operates Sunday to Friday and offers leisure and business the opportunity to explore Bavaria’s capital city, in addition to providing over 130 onward connections throughout Europe, Americas and Asia Pacific.

Munich is renowned for its annual Oktoberfest, beer halls, classical music and iconic landmarks such as the Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus. Fares start from £86 return and are available to book now at lufthansa.com.

Announcing the new flight, Andreas Koster, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland, Lufthansa Group, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to offer passengers in the North East with an additional and convenient new route into Germany. At Lufthansa, we pride ourselves on being a premium, full-service, five-star airline and in connecting our customers to one of our two major hubs with our world-wide network. This new service will connect our customers from Newcastle to exciting cities and cultures in Europe and beyond.’

Nick Jones, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport said: ‘We are delighted that Lufthansa, a globally-renowned, five-star airline, has chosen to operate from Newcastle International Airport. Watching the first flight take to the skies this morning was a very proud moment for the Airport and an important milestone for the region. As well as opening up Munich as a direct destination, this new route will provide over 130 onward connections throughout Europe and beyond – providing both our business and leisure passengers with more choice and flexibility in 2020. I hope that the North East travelling public support and enjoy using this new service.’

Lufthansa adds to UK routes

Germany-based air carrier, Lufthansa, is adding to its services on UK routes as part of its recently announced summer schedule.

The new schedule will include an increase in capacity between Aberdeen in Scotland and Frankfurt, in addition to two completely new services to Glasgow in Scotland and to the Welsh capital, Cardiff from the German city of Dusseldorf. The introduction of B737-500 aircraft with seating for 114 passengers, to replace the 70-seat CR7 will enable the increase in capacity on the Aberdeen route without the need for additional flights.

Of the two new services to Glasgow and Cardiff from Dusseldorf, it is intended that the Glasgow service will operate throughout the year from its inauguration on April 8, while the Cardiff service will be for the summer season only, commencing on May 4 this year and with its last flight on October 5.

The German airline can offer onward connections to several destinations in Asia and the USA, served by the latest Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8 aircraft. A new long-haul route is being opened by the company between Munich and Vancouver on the west coast of Canada. The airline already operates to Vancouver from Frankfurt.

In terms of passengers carried, Lufthansa is the world’s fourth largest airline and it serves over 400 destinations. From its offices and corporate headquarters in Cologne, the airline employs over 115,000 people worldwide and is part of the world’s largest airline alliance, the Star Alliance, of which it was a founder member in 1997.

Lufthansa currently has 236 new aircraft on order as part of its €23 bn fleet regeneration program.

Lufthansa strike causes passenger chaos

Cabin crew that work for Germany-based airline, Lufthansa, are striking today, disrupting flights and throwing the travel plans of thousands of passengers into chaos.

For the second time in the last few days the carrier has had to cancel nearly 200 flights due to strike action by the cabin crew over pay and conditions. This latest walkout is scheduled for eight hours and will affect flights between London and another of Europe’s key hubs, Frankfurt.

Only last Friday, the cabin crew’s first strike grounded 200 flights, delaying 26,000 passengers at a cost of millions of pounds to the airline. This was an escalation of the 64 flights that Lufthansa initially thought would be grounded, and the knock-on effect was that congestion caused the closure of Frankfurt airport to inbound flights from Europe for several hours.

The cabin crew’s union, UFO, is campaigning for a five percent pay increase, and guarantees against outsourcing and the use of temporary workers, but this is against the backdrop of Lufthansa looking to cut its costs by £1.2bn as it suffers from rising fuel costs and competition from budget airlines. The airline’s offer is a 3.5 percent pay increase for longer working hours.

An announcement by Lufthansa said, ‘The Independent Flight Attendants Organisation (UFO) has again called cabin crews to strike on Tuesday, 4 September 2012, from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Frankfurt, and from 1:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. (midnight) at Munich airports (German time). The strike at Berlin Tegel Airport has ended at 1:00 p.m. (German time). Flight operations from and to Berlin are still affected.’

Passengers should check Lufthansa’s website for updates on flight cancellations.

Lufthansa-ANA joint venture seeking to add new partners

Germany-based air carrier, Lufthansa and Japan-based air carrier, ANA, are looking to add new members to their existing joint venture to increase service routes between Europe and Japan.

Business Traveller said reported that the two firms are seeking antitrust immunity to add Swiss and Austrian, Lufthansa Group carriers, to the existing joint venture. The existing venture was formed after the carriers were granted immunity last summer and the agreement came into full force this April. Now the joint venture is seeking to expand by adding new partners.

Making a statement on the development, ANA said that the four carriers would launch sales initiatives and plan to launch joint sales and pricing products from spring 2013. ANA is expecting the move to expand its international network by 22 percent during 2012-13.

Lufthansa Confirms New UK – Berlin Routes

Germany-based airline, Lufthansa has confirmed that it will go ahead with its new routes to Berlin from the UK, despite the opening of Berlin’s new airport being postponed.

The company has confirmed that the new routes, to Berlin in Germany from Manchester and Birmingham in the UK, will go ahead on June 3 this year as previously scheduled, although it had initially timed the inauguration of the flights to coincide with the opening of Berlin’s new Brandenburg Airport. Owing to the delay in the opening of the new airport, the flights have now been scheduled to land at Berlin’s existing, Tegel Airport.

In addition, Lufthansa went on to confirm that its service to Berlin out of Heathrow, which runs three times daily and has traditionally used Tegel Airport, will continue to do so beyond the date that it was expected to switch to the new airport.

The delay in opening the new airport is reported to be due to problems with fire security systems and it now seems unlikely that it will be open within 2012. Lufthansa and Air Berlin were both due to commence operations there this year and are both reportedly planning to claim damages for the disruption caused to their schedules.

Lufthansa’s expansion plans, which have been tailored to facilities at the new airport, included an increase from nine to fifteen aircraft, enabling it to increase the number of cities that it serves from Berlin to thirty-eight from eight at present. The scheduling for all of this expansion has had to be adapted to facilities at Tegel.

UK Airlines Announce Passenger Traffic Increases in April 2012

International Airlines Group (IAG), the UK-based airline holding company that owns British Airways, has announced a growth in traffic in April 2012.

The company has reported that premium traffic increased by 4.8% in April 2012 compared to the same month in 2011. Premium traffic has outgrown the company’s traffic for economic fares, which increased by 2.6% in April 2012, from that in April 2011.

Total traffic for the company increased by 2.9% in April 2012, compared to April 2011, while capacity increased by 0.5% for the month compared to that for April 2011. Passenger load factor in April 2012 has increased by 1.9 point to 81.6% over the prior year period.

The company has reported that the results are not inclusive of its newly acquired Bmi airline from Dutch airline, Lufthansa. The airline acquisition was completed on April 20, 2012.

Earlier, Easyjet, a UK-based airline, reported growth in passenger traffic by 8.6% in April 2012, to 5.1 million, compared to 4.7 million in April 2011. The airline load factors increased from 86.5% in April 2012, to 89.3% in April 2011.

Another UK-based airline, Ryanair, has reported a 6% increase in passenger traffic in April 2012, from 6.8 million in April 2011, to 7.2 million. Load factor in April 2012 has lowered by 1% to 81%, compared to last year.

 

Lufthansa to Reintroduce Premium Economy Class

Lufthansa, the Germany-based airline, is considering cost savings through several measures, and may reintroduce its premium economy class of seating.

In a letter addressed to the company employees, Carsten Spohr, a member of the airline company’s board, said that the company is aiming to achieve €1.5 billion in savings through several cost cutting initiatives. One such initiative is removal of first class on several routes and the reintroduction of premier economy class on some routes.

Spohr emphasised in his letter that the company is in difficult phase, and is affected by issues such as air traffic control, carbon emissions, the ban on night flights, and competition from low-cost airlines. The company is planning to cease passenger capacity expansions in 2012, and has withheld all plans to upgrade its intercontinental fleet, Spohr added. The company is also looking at job cuts and to negotiate airport fees, in order to lower the costs.

In 2011, the Lufthansa Group reported a loss of around €13 million, and recently the company sold off its subsidiary, bmi, British Midland International, airline to International Airlines, the parent company of UK-based airline company, British Airways.

In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Andreas Bartels, a Lufthansa spokesman in Frankfurt, said, ‘Everything will remain just as it is for customers, there is Lufthansa and Germanwings. But duplicated functions such as bookings control, route planning and ticketing can be merged behind the scenes to save money.’

The company also owns Austrian Airlines, which reported an operating loss of €62m in 2011.