Lufthansa expands with 12 new routes

An early morning breakfast for passengers on Lufthansa’s first flight between the Turkish capital Ankara and its main hub at Frankfurt. The 04:20 flight was welcomed with this cake. Notably, Lufthansa has served Ankara from Munich for an entire 50 years.

Hamburg Airport’s Head of Aviation Marketing Jörgen Kearsley celebrated Lufthansa’s new route to St Petersburg from the northern German airport where Lufthansa is growing. This is Lufthansa’s second Russian route from Hamburg after its Moscow services.

Lufthansa expanded its Moscow offering by adding flights to its second airport in the city; now flying twice-daily from Frankfurt to Moscow Vnukovo. Cutting the ribbon at the airport’s brand-new terminal were Vassily Aleksandrov, Director General Moscow Vnukovo Airport, and Oliver Schneider, Lufthansa’s Director Operations & Airport Services Russia & CIS. The gentlemen then welcomed the first passenger who was given a Lufthansa A380 model aircraft.

Lufthansa’s fifth destination in Mainland China is Qingdao, which the German airline now serves via Shengyang three times weekly from its Frankfurt hub.

Lufthansa expands with 12 new routes

Posing in Krakow with the crew from the inaugural Lufthansa flight from Düsseldorf were Lufthansa’s Bart Buyse, GM Poland, and Ofer Kirsh, Regional Director Central and Eastern Europe, along with Kraków Airport’s CEO Jan Pamuła and Grzegorz

Lufthansa expands with 12 new routes

Lufthansa now serves Poznan in western Poland from Düsseldorf in addition to its routes from Frankfurt and Munich. Flights operate six times weekly with CRJ900 aircraft.

  • Lufthansa was very active in launching new routes at the start of the summer season; adding 12 routes to its network in the first two days of the scheduling season. Düsseldorf (DUS) and Frankfurt (FRA) each got five routes, while Hamburg (HAM) got two and Munich (MUC) one. Notable new destinations for the airline are Moscow Vnukovo (VKO), which becomes the airline’s second Moscow airport after Domodedovo, and the two Chinese airports Shenyang (SHE) and Qingdao (TAO), which bring the Star Alliance airline’s Mainland China airports to five after Beijing, Shanghai Pudong and Nanjing after Guangzhou services just were dropped.
Date Origin Destination WF A/c Competition (WF)
26-Mar-12 Düsseldorf (DUS) Bologna (BLQ) 6 CRJ700
25-Mar-12 Düsseldorf (DUS) Catania (CTA) 2 CRJ900 airberlin (3)
25-Mar-12 Düsseldorf (DUS) Helsinki (HEL) 7 B735 Finnair (11), airberlin (7)
25-Mar-12 Düsseldorf (DUS) Krakow (KRK) 6 CRJ900
25-Mar-12 Düsseldorf (DUS) Poznan (POZ) 6 CRJ900
25-Mar-12 Frankfurt (FRA) Ankara (ESB) 7 A321 SunExpress Deutschland (3)
25-Mar-12 Frankfurt (FRA) Dubrovnik (DBV) 1 E190 Croatia Airlines (7)
25-Mar-12 Frankfurt (FRA) Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) 14 A320
26-Mar-12 Frankfurt (FRA) Qingdao (TAO; via Shenyang/SHE) 3 A343
26-Mar-12 Frankfurt (FRA) Shenyang (SHE) 3 A343
25-Mar-12 Hamburg (HAM) St. Petersburg (LED) 2 B733 Rossiya (6)
25-Mar-12 Hamburg (HAM) Venice (VCE) 2 CRJ900
25-Mar-12 Munich (MUC) Valencia (VLC) 1 A319 airberlin (3)
Source: anna.aero new route database & SRS Analyser for w/c 2 April 2012

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