Lufthansa releases winter schedule


FRANKFURT (Lufthansa) - New: Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine; MunichStrasbourg; Six attractive European routes non-stop from Hamburg.

The final Sunday in October is just around the corner and thus not only the time to put the clocks forward from summer to winter time: Lufthansa’s winter timetable also comes into force on 30th October. Up to the end of March 2006, Lufthansa aircraft will take off almost 13,000 times a week worldwide and take passengers to 181 destinations in 76 countries. Together with the codeshare partners more than 26,000 weekly flights to 411 destinations in 96 countries are on the winter timetable. According to the current planning, that means an extension of Lufthansa’s offer of five to six percent in continental traffic – achieved through better utilization of capacity and a simultaneous reduction in the continental fleet. The offer on intercontinental routes will remain stable.

Frankfurt: as of 30th October to Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine

Lufthansa is further extending its connections with the growth market of Eastern Europe. As of October 30th, with Dnipropetrovsk, one of the most important industrial cities in Ukraine will be linked with the worldwide Lufthansa route network with six weekly flights.

The previous seven weekly flights from Frankfurt to Sofia in Bulgaria will be doubled to 14 flights per week. In addition, flights to the Indian IT centre of Bangalore as well as to Cape Town, South Africa, will feature daily on the flight schedule in future. Previously there were three flights to Cape Town and five to Bangalore each week.

Munich: best connection to Strasbourg

A new feature of the Lufthansa timetable is the service between Munich and the European city of Strasbourg. The eleven weekly flights will be adapted to Lufthansa’s offer of flights to and from Munich so that also members of the European Parliament will have optimal connections to their destination countries.

Another new destination in Ukraine will also be offered from the Munich hub: since 9th September, Lufthansa has already been flying six times a week to flown to Donetsk, a city with over a million inhabitants, and is thus the first Western airline to serve this industrial centre in Eastern Ukraine.

In the long-haul traffic from Munich, travellers can look forward to a daily flight to Delhi (previously three weekly flights) and anyone wishing to travel to Hong Kong will have a choice of five weekly flights (previously three). To some destinations, there will be seasonal adjustments to match demand: the three weekly flights to Teheran, for example, will be completely removed from the winter timetable, on the other hand, seven weekly flights will be available to Dubai.

Hamburg: non-stop to six new European destinations

Budapest, Gothenburg, Madrid, Nice, Prague and Rome are the new non-stop destinations from Hamburg. The attractive city travel destinations will be served as of 15th October, with six flights a week to Gothenburg, seven to Madrid, Nice and Rome, as well as twelve to Budapest and Prague.

Düsseldorf: new connections to Basle, Belgrade and Sofia

New connections complete the offer from North Rhine-Westphalia: With eleven weekly flights the Düsseldorf - Basle link will be a new addition, and there will be six flights a week to Belgrade and Sofia.

Neighbourhood traffic Germany - Switzerland: coordinated frequent services

As of the winter timetable, passengers will also benefit from coordinated Lufthansa and SWISS flight schedules between Germany and Switzerland and better links with the hubs in Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich. All flights of the two airlines between the countries will be flown as codeshare services and are coordinated in terms of times in such a way that travellers have a wide choice of flight connections throughout the day.

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