Lufthansa launches six routes from Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich

Cutting the cake for Lufthansa’s arrival in Knock in western Ireland were Michael Ring, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport; Florian Gränzdörffer, Lufthansa’s spokesman for Western Germany; and Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport Knock. Ring then welcomed passengers, such as Mary Wiethold, originally Mary Cunningham from Westport in County Mayo, who has lived in Paderborn, Germany for the past 44 years.

  • Lufthansa launched six routes from three of its bases in the last week; Düsseldorf (DUS), Hamburg (HAM) and Munich (MUC). All but one of the routes is either to the British Isles or the Mediterranean; the exception being Odessa (ODS) in the Ukraine. Notably, this is Odessa’s first link with Germany since Donbassaero operated the same route until June 2007. That of the new routes with the highest frequency is the service from Hamburg to Birmingham (BHX) in the UK, which at 12 weekly flights competes with Flybe’s six flights a week. Commenting the route to Knock (NOC) in western Ireland, the airport’s Managing Director Joe Gilmore said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the world’s fourth largest airline, Lufthansa, back to the West of Ireland after a ten year absence. This new service is a major vote of confidence for this airport and indeed the wider region and we look forward to welcoming German tourists to this beautiful part of Ireland.”
Date Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition (WF*)
06-May-12 Düsseldorf (DUS) Dublin (DUB) 2 eqv Aer Lingus (14)
05-May-12 Düsseldorf (DUS) Knock (NOC) 1 CRJ900
05-May-12 Düsseldorf (DUS) Bari (BRI) 1 CRJ900 airberlin (2)
02-May-12 Hamburg (HAM) Birmingham (BHX) 12 CRJ900 Flybe (6)
05-May-12 Munich (MUC) Bastia (BIA) 1 CRJ900
05-May-12 Munich (MUC) Odessa (ODS) 1 CRJ900
*WF: Weekly Frequency

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