Lufthansa strengthens decentralised European traffic

FRANKFURT (Deutsche Lufthansa AG) - Lufthansa is strengthening its competitiveness in decentralised European traffic – on routes which do not pass through the Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich hubs – and bundling responsibilities and resources. The successful "Future European Operations" programme is to be expanded through addition of major operational functions and integrated in a new organisational unit from 1 October 2005. Responsibility for the new unit will be assumed by Dr. Christoph Klingenberg, who has been in charge of the "Future European Operations" programme since 2003.

Along similar lines to the hub management organisations established at the Frankfurt and Munich hubs last year, responsibility for strategic and infrastructure development as well as ground processes, procurement of airport services and business processes at the eleven other German stations will be invested in the new organisational unit. This expanded unit will simultaneously overview operative and commercial management of regional airline partners in Lufthansa’s regional carrier network.

"The upgrading and expansion of the ”Future European Operations“ programme manifests and underscores the strategic importance that Lufthansa attaches to European air traffic. The bundling of resources in a single unit will guarantee direct action in the relevant operational areas, allowing us to implement and forge ahead successfully with new concepts in our daily business activities," said Dr. Christoph Klingenberg. The “Future European Operations” is a pivotal element in the Lufthansa Action Plan, which is designed to improve Group results by a total 1.2 billion euros by the end of 2006.

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