09.10.2017

Lufthansa Group airlines to offer new worldwide destinations in winter 2017/18

  • This Winter season, the Lufthansa Group airlines will be offering flights to 288 destinations in 106 countries
  • Direct flights between Berlin and New York’s JFK

In the upcoming winter flight schedule for 2017/18, The Lufthansa Group airlines—Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings— will offer their customers access and connectivity to 288 destinations in 106 countries. With this, passengers will continue enjoying the high standard of service, quality and reliability of the Lufthansa Group on countless new routes.

This Winter season, the Lufthansa Group airlines will offer their customers precisely 24,922 weekly flights worldwide. Additionally, there will be more than 18,000 codeshare flights with approximately 30 partner airlines supplementing the respective flight programs, offering passengers a worldwide network of routes. The winter flight schedule of the individual Group airlines will begin on Sunday October 29, 2017, and will be valid until Saturday March 24, 2018.

Important new routes of the Lufthansa Group airlines:

Lufthansa

From November 8, 2017, Lufthansa will offer flights between Berlin and New York (USA) five times a week. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, an Airbus A330-300 will take off heading west towards New York. For the first time since 2001, Lufthansa will be stationing a long-haul aircraft in the German capital of Berlin.

Lufthansa is resuming its Düsseldorf – Miami (USA) connection this coming winter in response to numerous passenger requests from North Rhine-Westphalia. The service will begin on November 8, 2017, and flights will take off three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday).

The winter flight schedule will see Beijing (China) becoming a new A350-900 destination for flights from Munich. Lufthansa passengers can travel to the Chinese capital for the first time on the world’s most advanced and environmentally-friendly long-haul aircraft. The Airbus A350-900 will take off four times a week from Munich. After Hong Kong, Beijing is the second most important Lufthansa A350 destination in China. In addition to this, there will also be a wide range of flights in the upcoming winter from Munich to Boston, Charlotte, Denver (all in the USA), Tokyo (Japan), Delhi (India) and Bombay (India).

Europe – Lufthansa continues to expand its network in winter

From the end of October, Lufthansa will start operating flights to many new winter destinations – Pamplona (Spain), Genoa, Bari, Catania (all in Italy), Kuusamo (Finland) Cluj and Timișoara (both Romania) are the new destinations from Frankfurt. There will also be flights this winter from Frankfurt to Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Reykjavik (Iceland), Palermo (Italy) and Paderborn.

With Nantes (France), Glasgow (UK) and Santiago de Compostela (Spain), the flight program from Munich will now be expanded to include a number of further city destinations.  

Swiss International Air Lines and Edelweiss

In the upcoming winter flight schedule, another destination will be added to the route network of the Boeing 777-300ER – SWISS will now operate its flagship aircraft on flights to and from the Brazilian city of São Paolo. With regards to its short-haul routes, SWISS will be flying to Breslau, and also to Niš in Serbia, for the first time. Additionally, the airline will expand its flight program to include Berlin and Düsseldorf. They will also increase the number of flights taking off for Moscow. The SWISS affiliate, Edelweiss, will expand its flight program to include the Canary Islands, among other destinations, and will also operate flights to Orlando (Florida) for the first time this winter.

Austrian Airlines    

In the 2017/18 winter flight schedule, Austrian Airlines will introduce a new long-haul destination. Beginning October 25, 2017, a Boeing 767 will fly passengers to the Seychelles. With this, the airline will now offer a winter flight schedule with five long-haul destinations to warmer climates – Mauritius, the Maldives, Colombo, Havana and Mahé. In Eastern Europe, Austrian Airlines continues to be the market leader among western European airlines flying from a hub. Here, the airline will offer flights to a total of 34 destinations in the coming winter. In Ukraine, Austrian Airlines’ program will include four destinations – Kiev, Dnipro, Lemberg and Odessa. Four flights a week will go directly from Vienna to both Lemberg and Odessa. With 11 flights per week from Vienna to Kiev, five to Dnipo and one weekly flight from Innsbruck to Kiev, Austrian will be flying to Ukraine up to 25 times a week. Regarding Romania, Austrian Airlines will fly to Bucharest, Iasi and Sibiu. The Austrian Airlines flight schedule for Romania will include three destinations and 41 flights per week.

Eurowings

While Eurowings continues to expand their long-haul program in the 2017/2018 winter flight schedule,  customers can also look forward to new destinations on short and medium-haul routes. One highlight in the new flight program is a further intercontinental service from Cologne/Bonn – from the end of October, Eurowings will be flying once a week to Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city.

This winter, Eurowings will also expand its long-haul program from Düsseldorf. The airline will operate flights from Düsseldorf to four destinations in the Caribbean— Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic with two flights a week, Varadero every Friday, Puerto Plata every Thursday and Cancun once a week from December 18 onwards.

Eurowings’ passengers will also be able to fly from Düsseldorf to Zagreb in Croatia three times a week, Marrakesh in Morocco twice a week, as well as to Hurghada in Egypt once a week.

The air carrier’s new base in Munich is a further focus of expansion for its winter flight plan. Here, new destinations will include Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, all on the Canary Islands, as well as Marrakesh (Morocco) and Lisbon (Portugal).

The airline will also fly to two new destinations in the UK from Salzburg – four times a week to London-Stansted, and to Birmingham and Manchester both twice a week.

Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines welcomes the upcoming winter season with ten new destinations. Starting October 29, the leading Belgian airline will connect its hub at Brussels Airport two times a week with Cabo Verde and the Red Sea zone of Egypt (Hurghada and Marsa Alam airports).

Brussels Airlines will also launch tempting offers to the Canary Islands with new services to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, plus an increase in frequencies on the already existing routes to Tenerife and Las Palmas / Gran Canaria. From February onwards, Brussels Airport will be connected with Palma de Mallorca and Almeria. Other newcomers in the winter timetable are Enfidha (Tunisia) and Agadir (Morocco). 

Funchal (Madeira) and Bordeaux (France), two destinations that have been served solely in the summer timetable thus far, will now also welcome Brussels Airlines flights during the winter.

About The Lufthansa Group
The Lufthansa Group is the world’s biggest airline group in in terms of revenue, and is also the market leader in Europe’s airline sector. The Group strives to be the “First Choice in Aviation” for its customers, employees, shareholders and partners. And safety, quality, reliability and innovation are the prime credentials and priorities of all its business activities.
The Lufthansa Group is divided into the three strategic areas of Hub Airlines, Point-to-Point Business and Service Companies. The Group’s network carriers, with their premium brands of Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines, serve its home market from their Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Vienna hubs. With its Eurowings brand, the Group also offers short- and long-haul point-to-point services in the growing private travel market. And with its service companies, which are all global market leaders in their individual industries, the Lufthansa Group has found success in further areas of the aviation business.
The Lufthansa Group’s airlines currently (i.e. as of next summer) serve 288 destinations in 106 countries on four continents and offers 12,461 weekly frequencies. The Group’s total fleet comprises some 617 aircraft and its member airlines will be taking delivery of 205 new aircraft between now and 2025. In 2016, the Lufthansa Group employed around 124,000 personnel, welcomed 109.7 million passengers aboard its flights and generated sales of around EUR 31.7 billion.
The Lufthansa Group is headed by its five-member Executive Board. Carsten Spohr is Chairman & CEO; Thorsten Dirks is in charge of Eurowings and aviation services; Harry Hohmeister bears responsibility for the commercial management of the Group’s hub airlines and airports; Ulrik Svensson is head of finance and IT; and Dr. Bettina Volkens is in charge of HR and legal affairs.