The airlines in the Lufthansa Group portfolio have announced a new winter schedule, with a variety of added flights and destinations to support and benefit an expected increase in holiday travel this winter season. In total, Lufthansa Group airlines will fly to 255 destinations in 101 different countries this winter.
The winter flight schedules for the individual Group airlines – which include Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings and Swiss International Air Lines – will be active from October 30, 2016, to March 25, 2017. The 255 destinations in 101 countries will be linked via Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, in addition to a variety of point-to-point routes. The connections will also be supplements by more than 18,000 code-sharing flights with approximately 30 partner airlines across the globe.
Lufthansa has listed a total of 194 destinations in its winter flight schedule, offering approximately 9,668 flights per week. The airline is adding service from Frankfurt to Cape Town starting December 2, 2016 for a weekly departure every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, bound for the port city near Table Mountain. Also out of Frankfurt will be flights to Tromso, Norway and Ivalo, Finland with one flight to each destination per week. Denver and Tehran, Iran, are also being added to the winter flights timetable as new destinations, in addition to more frequent services to Los Angeles, Miami and Tel Aviv.
Austrian Airlines is offering 130 destinations among 56 countries, specifically focusing on tourist destinations for the 2016/2017 winter season. The airline will fly a Boeing 767 to Havana, Cuba, once a week starting October 25. There will also be new, direct flights from Vienna to Maldives and Mauritius up to twice a week. Also in the airline’s winter timetable include as many as two weekly connections to Marrakesh and a once-weekly flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka as well.
For the first time, Eurowings Europe aircraft will fly from a new base in Salzburg to Zurich six times weekly, Geneva three times a week, Brussels four times per week, Paris five times and Hamburg three times, with seven flights per week to Cologne-Bonn, Germany. The first winter service from Cologne to Miami is also being introduced, along with an expansion of the airlines long-haul program adding a once-weekly flight from Cologne to Havana. Passengers will also be offered new services from Hamburg to Tenerife and Fuerteventura, Spain this winter, bringing the 2016/2017 winter flight schedule for Eurowings to serve 91 destinations within 34 countries.
Starting March 6, 2017, Brussels Airlines will fly to Mumbai from Brussels five times a week. Compared to last winter, the Belgian airline has significantly expanded its flight itineraries, with added services from Brussels to Porto, Portugal, Naples, Belfast, Nuremberg and Nantes. The airline is also increasing its weekly flights to Libson, Malaga, Tenerife, Edinburg and Billund.
SWISS is introducing its new long-haul aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER, for flights to Miami and San Francisco in its forthcoming winter schedule. Between February 4 and February 25, SWISS is offering a number of new scheduled flights between Zurich, Sion and London City in an effort to meet the demand and cater to winter tourism. The airline is also increasing its number of weekly connections to Hamburg, Berlin, Cracow and Belgrade this winter.
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