Lufthansa Group will significantly expand its leisure-focused long-haul portfolio at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. Following the success of Edelweiss in Zurich and the deployment of Eurowings’ first long-haul aircraft departing from Munich, Eurowings flights from Frankfurt, as well as an increase in the airline’s flights from Munich, will soon be available. For Frankfurt Airport, this means that Eurowings will launch long-haul service in fall 2019.
Initially, Eurowings will offer flights from Frankfurt to the popular vacation islands of Mauritius and Barbados, when the winter flight schedule goes into effect in October 2019. There will also be flights to Windhoek in Namibia, with further destinations being planned. All flights will be available for booking as of March 13, 2019.
From the Munich hub, Eurowings has already been successfully offering long-haul connections to a selection of tourist destinations since Summer 2018. In the 2019/2020 winter flight schedule, Eurowings will also be connecting the Bavarian capital with Bangkok (Thailand). Connections from Munich to additional flight destinations are currently being planned.
“Today, Lufthansa Group is already one of the largest holiday travel providers in all of Europe. Demand is increasing rapidly, especially in this area. 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 the future,” said Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Chief Commercial Officer Network Airlines.
“It is the right strategic step for the Group to combine the strengths of its two largest airlines in Frankfurt: going forward, we will be combining a product tailored to leisure travelers and families and the cost structure of Eurowings with the sales and marketing power of Lufthansa at the Frankfurt location,” said Thorsten Dirks, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and CEO of Eurowings. “This makes it possible for the group to successfully evolve its portfolio for the growing tourism and leisure travel segment at Germany’s largest airport.”
For this expansion in the tourism segment, Eurowings will be using a total of seven Airbus A330 aircraft (with up to 310 seats), a portion of its fleet being operated by Sun Express Deutschland. The capacities will be evenly distributed between the two Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.