The Bay Area is once again connected to Lufthansa’s Bavarian hub in Munich. Begin-ning on June 24, the air carrier resumed three weekly flights from San Francisco In-ternational Airport (SFO) to and from Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC). Lufthansa’s SFO-MUC connection operates Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft with a three-class configuration of Business, Premium Economy and Economy Classes.
Bay Area native Larry Ryan, who serves as senior director of sales, USA for the Lufthansa Group, remarked, “Reopening our San Francisco connection to Germany is a significant step in Lufthansa’s relaunch on the West Coast, and reflects the rise in demand coming from the California region.”
More than 2,000 weekly flights to over 130 destinations worldwide will be operated by the Lufthansa Group carriers in the remaining months of the summer season. By the end of October, over 70 percent of the originally planned long-haul routes will be operated by the Group carriers. Additionally, 90 percent of all originally planned short- and medium-haul destinations will be served again.
Throughout the summer months, Lufthansa is adding important connections for its local San Francisco-based customers traveling to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. These include flights within Germany, as well as to other countries including Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. Flights to Israel have already resumed, and connections to the UAE begin on July 3.
“As the world gradually begins to open up, the desire to travel has increased and there is an ever-growing necessity to see family and friends, as well as conduct im-portant business trips. Lufthansa is continually evaluating additional connections globally,” added Ryan.
Fast PCR Corona test now available at Munich Airport
With the ease and safety of travel always top of mind, Lufthansa has partnered with Munich Airport’s medical center, MediCare, to offer fast PCR Corona tests for pas-sengers traveling through this major airport and Lufthansa’s Bavarian hub. The test, certified by the relevant health authorities in Germany, only requires a throat swab and provides results within three to four hours. These tests must be requested in ad-vance in order to avoid any waiting time (email: notfallambulanz(at)munich-airport.de).
If the result is negative, then one avoids the 14-day quarantine regulation that is re-quired when traveling from certain countries. More information on which countries this applies to is available at the Robert-Koch-Institute at: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html
Lufthansa recommends that customers should always proactively inform themselves about the current entry and quarantine regulations of their respective destinations when planning a trip. Throughout the entire journey, restrictions may be imposed due to stricter hygiene and security regulations.
Aircraft Built for Clean Air
All Lufthansa Group aircraft are equipped with the highest quality specialized air fil-ters, which guarantee air quality akin to a clinical operating room. The recirculated air – which reflects approximately 40 percent of in-cabin air – is filtered, removing con-taminants such as dust, bacteria and viruses. The rest is added as fresh air from out-side the aircraft. Airflow within the aircraft is also expertly designed to mirror the laminar airflow of an operating room, moving at the same speed and in the same di-rection with no or minimal crossover of air streams.
Lufthansa Group’s Hygiene Protocols
For Lufthansa Group, safety and travel has always gone hand-in-hand, with the ut-most importance placed on the safety and security of passengers and crew. Lufthansa continues to follow its stringent hygiene guidelines and practices, and has extensive protocols for disinfecting the entire aircraft in order to ensure that the on-board experience protects the health of passengers.
The airlines of the Lufthansa Group required that all passengers wear a facial mouth/nose covering for use while on board their flights. Furthermore, it was recom-mended that passengers wear this protective covering throughout their entire jour-ney, for example, at the airport before and after the flight, and whenever the required minimum social distance cannot be guaranteed without restriction. All Lufthansa Group flight attendants in direct contact with customers are also required to wear a corresponding mask. While new facial covering regulations coupled with in-flight air filtration systems properly protect travelers, seats will be allocated as far apart as possible throughout the cabin whenever possible.
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