Lufthansa Announces Expansion Plans in India, Adds Two New Routes

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Lufthansa, the German flag carrier, has announced plans to expand its operations in India, with the introduction of two new routes – Munich to Bangalore and Frankfurt to Hyderabad.

Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi, Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board & Head of Global Markets and Network, at Lufthansa Airlines, said that the airline has a long history in India and is committed to a long-lasting future in the country.

New Routes and Flight Details

The first flight on the Munich-Bangalore route will commence on November 3, 2023, operating three times a week. The flights from Frankfurt-Hyderabad will start in the winter, marking the Group’s first new routes in the Asia Pacific.

Lufthansa aims to strengthen its position as the leading European airline group on the subcontinent with more than 50 weekly services to India.

Aircraft Details and Frequency Increase Plan

The Bengaluru-Munich route will be operated by Lufthansa’s Airbus A 350. The airline had earlier planned to start the service in 2020, but due to the pandemic, it had to be postponed. Lufthansa plans to increase the frequency of flights on the Bengaluru-Munich route to five times a week if there is a strong demand.

Increased flights

Currently, Lufthansa operates 54 flights a week in India, but Hohmeister announced that the airline plans to increase that number to 56 by the end of June, with further expansion expected in the near future.

“After adding more services, flights are expected to increase to over 60 per week,” he said. “Lufthansa Group has had a presence in the Indian market for more than 90 years.”

Hohmeister concluded by expressing his optimism for the airline’s future in India. “I’m very convinced here in India,” he said. “We have a long history in India; therefore, we will also have a long-lasting future.”

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