Among the major ‘legacy’ carriers Lufthansa has been busier than most as it continues to rapidly develop its new Lufthansa Italia hub in Milan Malpensa and consolidate its powerful position in Frankfurt and Munich.
Now offering Italian domestic routes
Starting this week Lufthansa Italia is adding domestic routes from Milan Malpensa to Bari, Naples and Rome Fiumicino. On all three routes competition is provided by easyJet and Alitalia (in one form or other). A new daily Lisbon service will compete directly with easyJet and TAP Portugal.
|Lufthansa Italia boss Heike Birlenbach opens the Rome end of the Milan service. Other Italian domestic routes began from Malpensa to Bari and Naples.|
Lufthansa’s entry into the Milan Malpensa to London Heathrow market sees the airline operating three daily flights with its own aircraft and three daily flights operated on its behalf by new subsidiary bmi British Midland, also using A319s. This enables the airline to compete effectively against British Airways which operates 40 weekly flights.
|Welcome to Poznan this week (from Frankfurt). From its second hub in Munich Lufthansa also added two Croatian services – Dubrovnik (weekly) and Split (twice-weekly), as well as Lviv in the Ukraine (daily).|
Three new Munich routes to Central Europe
Back in Germany Lufthansa is starting new routes from its second hub in Munich to Dubrovnik (weekly), Lviv (daily) and Split (twice-weekly). All of these routes will be operated by Bombardier regional jets. Frankfurt also gets a new route to Central Europe with the launch of daily flights to Poznan in Poland.
New Berlin – London service with bmi aircraft
Another new route is between Berlin Tegel and London Heathrow which will operate thrice daily using bmi’s A319 aircraft. Given that bmi has recently given up three domestic routes at Heathrow (Durham Tees Valley, Jersey and Leeds/Bradford) whose combined frequencies were nine flights per day this goes some way to explaining what the airline is doing with the slots. Lufthansa’s existing thrice-daily service from Berlin Tegel to London City (which only started last January) has been axed to avoid cannabilisation.