Lufthansa to fly direct to Bengaluru, Hyderabad from India from November – ET TravelWorld

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Starting November 3, Lufthansa will be introducing direct flights between Munich and Bengaluru. These flights will be operational three times a week. It also announced the opening of another route – Frankfurt-Hyderabad. The flights on this route will commence operations in the coming winter and combined these flights represent the first new routes in Asia Pacific for the Group, the European carrier announced.The announcement was made by Harry Hohmeister, Lufthansa Group’s Member of the Executive Board Global Markets & Network, in New Delhi on Thursday.

The Group has been present in the Indian market for more than 90 years, and offers more than 50 weekly services to India, connecting Frankfurt, Zurich and Munich with various Indian cities, including Delhi and Mumbai.

Terming the expansion as Lufthansa’s long-term vision to strengthen its footprint in the Indian market, Hohmeister said the new routes will help the brand tap India’s growing population of young working professionals and strengthen the position of the airline as the leading European airline group in the subcontinent.

“It’s great to see how India has developed in the last year or so and the direction this country is taking. There is great growth opportunity here and we want to have a strong relationship with not just this market, but the whole country,” he said.

“Based on numbers, we can predict the aviation market will grow every year by roughly 10%. The GDP will grow in this country by 6 to 7% per year. This will give us an opportunity to not just work around profitability, but also fulfill our purpose to connect people from the region across the world, also to Germany,” he stated. Putting the pandemic crisis behind, Hohmeister said the airline is back to carrying more than 100 million passengers and the business is only growing.

“We were also able to generate an operating profit of 1.5 billion euros which was a little higher than we had expected. This is also in terms of sustainability. We are working to be profitable and successful,” he said.

He said the airline is set to make “historically high investments in the next year” into new aircraft. “We have ordered more than 20 aircraft in order to modernise the fleet, which will be operating in Europe in the next few years,” he announced.

The group, he shared, will invest in premium products, and plans to hire more than 20,000 people.

Lufthansa is also in the process of finalising the partial takeover of Italy’s state-owned ITA Airways. Withholding details, but describing talks with the Italian government as “very good”, Hohmeister said, the airline “will start with most probably some minority share”.

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