Lufthansa begins two long-haul routes – neither from Frankfurt or Munich

Lufthansa’s Berlin Tegel to New York JFK

From 8 November, Lufthansa connects Berlin Tegel five times weekly with New York JFK. Seeing off the first flight from the German capital were: Jaqueline Geißler, Flight Attendant, Lufthansa; Esther Gabus, Station Lufthansa Berlin; Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of German Lufthansa; Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO, Berlin Brandenburg Airport; Romy Selonke, Flight Attendant, Lufthansa; and Katrin Siegert, Station Lufthansa Berlin.

  • Lufthansa connected Berlin Tegel (TXL) five times weekly with New York JFK (JFK) from 8 November. Flying every day except Fridays and Sundays, the carrier’s LH 406 flight leaves the German capital at 17:35, arriving at JFK at 21:35. The return flight leaves New York at 23:20 and lands in Berlin the following day at 12:15. Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa said: “After a break of 16 years, Lufthansa long-haul is back in the capital.” In 2001, the airline started a direct flight between Berlin and Washington, but this came to an end after only six months following the 9/11 terrorist attack in the US. Hohmeister described the “new premium connection” to New York as “a clear commitment to Berlin by Lufthansa.” More than 500 times a week, Lufthansa Group airlines connect the German capital with around 50 destinations in Germany and Europe. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Berlin Brandenburg Airport added: “A flight connecting Berlin to the US is always something special, especially when it comes to a direct flight to New York. Lufthansa’s decision on this long-haul route is a strong commitment to Berlin as a location, which we very much appreciate.” On the same day, the Star Alliance carrier also began a three times weekly route from Düsseldorf (DUS) to Miami (MIA). Both services were formerly operated by airberlin, and will see Lufthansa use its A330-300 fleet on the transatlantic sectors. Neither city pair faces any direct competition.

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