Lufthansa Group will be significantly expanding its long-haul leisure flight portfolio at its hubs in Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport through its Eurowings arm.
After the successes of Edelweiss in Zürich and the deployment of the first few Eurowings long-haul aircraft departing from Munich, there will now also be flights from Frankfurt, along with an increase in services from Munich.
Eurowings will offer routes from Frankfurt to Mauritius and Barbados when the winter flight schedule goes into effect in October 2019. In addition to this, there will also be flights to Windhoek in Namibia, with other destinations planned
From the Munich hub, Eurowings has already been successfully offering long-haul connections to a selection of destinations since summer 2018. In the 2019/2020 winter schedule, Eurowings will also fly to Bangkok (Thailand). Connections from Munich to additional flight destinations are planned.
For this expansion, Eurowings will be using a total of seven Airbus A330 aircraft, a portion of its fleet that is operated by Sun Express Deutschland. Capacities will be distributed evenly between the two Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.
Lufthansa executive board member and chief commercial officer for network airlines, Harry Hohmeister said leisure demand is increasing and the increase in flights will help it “further strengthen” its position.
The moves is also part of a closer cooperation between Lufthansa and Eurowings at Germany’s biggest hub airport – Frankfurt Airport – and the strategy to combine the strengths of its two largest airlines in Frankfurt going forward.