This winter Lufthansa is introducing hourly flights on three of its domestic German routes: from Frankfurt to Hamburg, Munich and Berlin. For example, on weekdays between 6.00 and 20.00 hrs, flights from Hamburg to Frankfurt will depart every hour on the hour (e.g. at 10.00 hrs, 11.00 hrs, 12.00 hrs. etc.). In the mornings and evenings, some twice-hourly services will also be operated. Departure times for flights to and from Berlin, however, will always be at 45 minutes past the hour.
The customer response to Lufthansa’s expanded flight schedule from Berlin has been very positive, and a further three new tourist destinations will be added this winter. Lufthansa has already welcomed more than 600,000 additional passengers aboard its new flights from Berlin. In September, the airline launched its first non-stop service to the historic city of Marrakech in Morocco, as well as to Funchal, the capital of Madeira, the popular Portuguese holiday island. Both destinations are also served from Düsseldorf. From mid-December, Lufthansa will bring the Alps a little closer to the German capital. Three times a week, the airline will fly winter sports enthusiasts from Berlin to Innsbruck, the Tyrolean capital.
From 1 November 2012, Lufthansa passengers will also be able to fly direct to Tel Aviv from Düsseldorf in four hours. The new route from Düsseldorf, the regional capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, complements the existing connections to Tel Aviv from Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin. From November, travellers will have a choice of 23 flight connections between Germany and Israel, which will be operated with an Airbus A321.
Lufthansa is also launching a new service from Munich to the Dutch port of Rotterdam. The new route, which will be operated with a Lufthansa CityLine CRJ900, will offer customers a convenient connection to the economic region centred around Rotterdam and The Hague. Rotterdam will thus become the second destination in Holland after Amsterdam to be served by Lufthansa. From 28 October, when the new timetable goes into effect, the winter service to Cape Town will operate from Lufthansa’s Munich hub.
Lufthansa is making flying to winter sports destinations even more attractive. The new free baggage allowance, which applies to tickets issued on or after 1 June 2012, entitles virtually all passengers – except those flying to the US and Canada – to check in a pair of skis or a snowboard free of charge, in addition to their free baggage allowance. Lufthansa flies to numerous gateways to ski resorts in the Alps such as Nice, Turin, Geneva, Zurich, Milan, Verona, Innsbruck and Salzburg.