Lufthansa Group Grounds 23 Aircraft, Reduces Short-Haul by 25%

Lufthansa Group Grounds 23 Aircraft, Reduces Short-Haul by 25%

As a result of the current situation caused by the accelerated spread of the coronavirus, the Lufthansa Group has decided on taking further measures to counteract the economic consequences. Within the coming weeks, the number of short- and medium-haul flights will be reduced by up to 25%, depending on the further development of the spread of the coronavirus. The Lufthansa Group airlines are also continuing to reduce their flight schedule on long-haul routes. The number of Lufthansa Group long-haul aircraft currently not in operation will increase from 13 to up to 23. The Group is also examining the possibility of reduced working hours in various areas.

Additionally, Lufthansa Group airlines are reducing additional frequencies in their route network to and from Hong Kong and Seoul (Korea). Flights between Munich and Hong Kong will be suspended between 6 March and 24 April. Passengers will be re-booked via Frankfurt and Zurich as far as possible during this period. Between 5 March and 24 April, some frequencies will also be cancelled on routes from Frankfurt and Munich to Seoul.

Lufthansa flight crew

Italy is another focus of capacity reduction

Lufthansa is adjusting its services to Northern Italy to meet changed demand. Lufthansa is adapting its offer to the changed demand and will reduce frequencies on various routes to Italy in March. This includes the destinations Milan, Venice, Rome, Turin, Verona, Bologna, Ancona and Pisa. In addition, frequencies on domestic routes from Frankfurt to Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Paderborn and from Munich to Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bremen and Hanover will be reduced.

Swiss will probably reduce flight frequencies to and from Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice until the end of April.

Austrian Airlines is reducing its flight programme to Italy in March and April by 40%. This includes reductions of flight frequencies on routes from Vienna to Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples.

Eurowings is reducing its flights to and from Venice, Bologna and Milan until 8 March. Eurowings flights to other destinations in Italy are currently not affected.

For its Italian route network, Brussels Airlines has decided to reduce its flights to Rome, Milan, Venice and Bologna by 30% until 14 March.

Passengers are requested to check their flight status on the airlines’ websites. Passengers who have provided their contact details will be informed by SMS if their flight is affected due to the coronavirus.

These scheduling changes are part of the capacity reduction announced by Lufthansa Group last Friday (28 February). Accordingly, the availability of short- and medium-haul flights may be reduced by up to 25% in the coming weeks depending on further developments in the spread of the coronavirus. Lufthansa Group airlines are also continuing to reduce their long-haul flight programme. The number of Lufthansa Group long-haul aircraft not in operation will increase from 13 to up to 23.

Lufthansa Group has also announced further cost reductions in the personnel area, as well as for material costs and project budgets.

It is not yet possible to estimate the expected impact on earnings from current developments. The Lufthansa Group will publish key financial figures at its annual press conference on 19 March 2020.

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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