20.09.2018

Lufthansa Group launches "Stopover" programs to enrich the travel expiriences of its customers

  • Swiss International Air Lines now offers “Stopover Switzerland” packages in cooperation with Switzerland Tourism and Switzerland Travel Center
  • Brussels Airlines launches multi-day stopover option “Belgium Stop Over”

Travel habits are evolving. Guests today want to increasingly experience a variety of destinations and activities in one trip and within a short period of time. In response to this new travel trend, the Lufthansa Group is now offering two different stopover options that aim to enhance the customer’s journey and help travelers make the most of their flights and connection times.

“We continuously search for new ways to cater to our customers and provide them with premium and memorable experiences,” said Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Vice President Airlines Sales, The Americas, Lufthansa Group. “Our two new stopover services truly support the Group’s commitment to providing first-rate, quality travel experiences for the entirety of the trip – from the airport, to inflight and on-the-ground experiences.”

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), in close collaboration with Switzerland Tourism and Switzerland Travel Centre, is offering the “Stopover Switzerland” program, which allows both leisure and business travelers to extend their stopover in Switzerland by one to four nights. With eight customizable travel packages, travelers can take full advantage of the sheer density and variety of Switzerland’s many attractions, experiencing so much in so little time. Each package includes accommodations in a three- or four-star hotel at the chosen destination, plus all public transportation.

With the single-destination Stopover Switzerland packages, which are bookable for one to four nights, guests choose one Swiss city, such as Zurich, Interlaken or Lucerne, as the base for their excursions and discoveries. The package also includes tips on local trips and activities to help the guest make the most of their stay. All packages also include a Swiss Travel Pass for 1st or 2nd class travel, giving unlimited rides on Switzerland’s extensive public transport system for the duration of the stopover.

The multi-destination Stopover Switzerland packages, which are bookable for two to four nights, offer a fixed itinerary including transport to different locations for overnight stays in three- or four-star hotels, as well as a flexible range of activities.

The United States, Singapore and India are the first SWISS markets to introduce the new stopover program. Generally, from point of commencement U.S. and Canada, most fares to destinations in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia allow stopovers free-of-charge. Packages can now be booked at www.swiss.com/stopover in connection with a flight or even independently of any flight arrangements.

Brussels Airlines, another member of the Lufthansa Group, is also introducing its version of a stopover program that offers its passengers the opportunity to visit two different Belgian cities when flying via Brussels Airport to Africa, Europe, the U.S., Israel, Canada or India. Within the program, “Belgium Stop Over”, travelers can chose from a variety of Belgian cities, including Brussels or Durbuy (Europe’s tiniest city), for a stay of one to five days. All of the cities are located less than an hour’s travel from each other, thus making Belgium an ideal location for a quick stay. Due to partnerships with Visit Flanders, Visit Brussels and Wallonie Belgique Tourisme, as well as 14 Belgian cities, travelers will be able to enjoy free access to tourist activities and museums during their stopover.

The offer is available for Brussels Airlines guests traveling from the U.S., Canada, Israel or India and can be booked through the airlines website brusselsairlines.com/BelgiumStopOver. Generally, from point of commencement U.S. and Canada most fares to destinations in Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia allow stopovers free-of-charge.

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 (Summer Schedule) serve 343 destinations in 103 countries on four continents and offer 15,415 weekly frequencies. The Group’s total fleet comprises some 728 aircraft and its member airlines will be taking delivery of 180 new aircraft between now and 2025. In 2017, the Lufthansa Group employed around 130,000 personnel, welcomed 130 million passengers aboard its flights and generated sales of around EUR 35.6 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.