Cutting the ribbon for Lufthansa’s new route from Frankfurt to Rio de Janeiro along with the first flight’s crew were Fraport’s CEO Dr Stefan Schulte; Everton Vargas, Brazilian Ambassador to Germany; and Kay Kratky, member of the Lufthansa board. The gentlemen were then joined by samba dancers and Brazilian drummers.
- Lufthansa is taking advantage of the new fourth runway at Frankfurt (FRA) by starting new routes to Aberdeen (ABZ) in Scotland three times daily, and to its third London airport after London Heathrow and London City, London Gatwick (LGW), which the German flag carrier now serves twice daily. This brings to seven the number of UK airports that Lufthansa serves from Frankfurt – still well behind KLM’s 14 UK routes from Amsterdam. A third new destination for Lufthansa this winter is Rio de Janeiro (GIG) in Brazil. There will be five weekly flights from Frankfurt on A340-300s to the city that will host the Olympics in 2016 and be one of the venues for matches in the 2014 World Cup. In addition, Lufthansa has taken over Austrian’s four times daily service to Salzburg (SZG), although flights will still be operated by Austrian Arrows’ Fokker 100s. With an additional new route to Klagenfurt (which we will cover in next week’s anna.aero), that brings to 159 the number of destinations served non-stop by Lufthansa from Frankfurt at the start of the winter season. This compares with 148 for Air France from Paris CDG, 121 for KLM from Amsterdam, 106 for British Airways from London Heathrow, and 104 for Iberia from Madrid. However, all of these carriers have now been overtaken by Turkish Airlines, which this winter offers non-stop services to 167 destinations from its Istanbul Atatürk hub. Apart from Lufthansa’s Frankfurt growth, it has tweaked its services to Saudi Arabia from Munich (MUC). This week saw the carrier introduce a new service from Munich to Jeddah (JED) via Riyadh using an A340-300. Both destinations are already served non-stop by Lufthansa from its Frankfurt hub.