The Lufthansa Group, which includes airlines like Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines, amongst others, has announced that they would be bringing a total of 80 aircraft back to the skies which had previously been grounded due to the coronavirus crisis. The move comes as an attempt to meet the growing passenger demand which is taking place as European countries begin to relax lockdown restrictions.
Eurowings Airbus A320-200 pictured landing at London Heathrow. Photo by Anselm Ranta | AeroNewsX
The 80 aircraft which will be re-entering service will join the other 80 which are currently in operation, bringing the total of aircraft operated by the Lufthansa Group in June to 160. It is worth noting that the aircraft which will be brought back to service will belong to Lufthansa, Swiss and Eurowings, meaning that the other airlines in the group (namely Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines) won’t be resuming scheduled operations in June at this point.
The airline group has also announced that in June they will be flying to a total of 106 destinations and, whilst they mostly didn’t specify which ones those would be, they did mention a few cities. This includes Mallorca, Sylt, Rostock and Crete. Further details on more destinations will be released by the group in the upcoming week.
The group is sending an alert to all passengers, recommending them to look for quarantine restrictions in the destination countries before booking the flight, as well as announcing that catering on board will be restricted until further notice. Harry Hohmeister, Board Member of Lufthansa, said that their main priority is the passenger’s and employee’s health and safety.
On another note, Lufthansa announced yesterday that they were negotiating a stabilisation package of €9 billion with the Federal Economic Stabilisation Fund. The terms are still being negotiated and the money would help the Lufthansa Group whether the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis attached to it.