The Lufthansa Group (LHG) will significantly expand its leisure-oriented long-haul portfolio at its hubs in Frankfurt (FRA) and Munich (MUC). Following the successes of Edelweiss in Zürich and the deployment of the first Eurowings long-haul aircraft departing from Munich, there will now also be flights available from Frankfurt, along with extra services from Munich.
The first step will see Eurowings offer flights from Frankfurt to Mauritius (MRU) and Barbados (BGI) when the winter flight schedule begins in October 2019. The LHG says there will also be flights to Windhoek (WDH) in Namibia, with other destinations currently being planned. All flights will be available for booking from March 13, 2019.
Eurowings already provides long-haul connections from Munich but it will add Bangkok (BKK) for the 2019/2020 winter schedule. Again, LHG says other Eurowings connections are currently being planned from Munich.
Harry Hohmeister, a member of the executive board of Deutsche Lufthansa and chief commercial officer Network Airlines Lufthansa commented: “Today, Lufthansa Group is already one of the largest holiday travel providers in all of Europe. Demand is increasing rapidly, especially in this area and it is therefore only consistent that we offer an additional product line in Frankfurt and expand our portfolio in Munich. This will help us to further strengthen our position. Lufthansa’s feeder flights and the hubs in Frankfurt and Munich will make it even easier for our passengers to reach the most beautiful places in the world in future.” He added that the LHG will support the marketing for the new Eurowings long-haul destinations with its “global selling power and high-quality service processes on the ground.” Mr Hohmeister concluded: “We have proven that we can successfully manage multiple brands and hubs centrally. We will now be employing this know-how more strongly in the tourism segment.”