One week ago, we wrote about how Lufthansa group airlines were planning to sharply increase their long-haul flying in June. The airlines have since updated that plan, and have announced service to more long-haul destinations, especially from Frankfurt and Munich.
Lufthansa hopes to fly to Delhi this month
As of yet, there’s still no word from the Indian government as to when international air service will be allowed to resume. Nevertheless, Lufthansa is adding flights to Mumbai, and now Delhi, to its flying programme for June.
Lufthansa says it is adding flights to the Indian capital from Munich, as well as to San Francisco (USA), Montreal (Canada) and Seoul (South Korea).
From Frankfurt, there will be resumed service to Cairo (Egypt), Beijing, Shanghai (both China) and San Jose (Costa Rica).
In the first half of June, the Star Alliance carrier says its focus will be on summer tourist destinations, with the airline’s flight schedule growing from around 500 to almost 900 weekly connections at its Frankfurt and Munich hubs during the course of the month.
Austrian to resume flights
Fellow Lufthansa group member Austrian Airlines chose to ground its fleet during the coronavirus crisis, though this will soon be changing.
Austrian will resume regular flights on June 15, 2020, after a break of almost 90 days. Subject to any new restrictions, the airline plans to serve 37 destinations (unspecified) in the first two weeks of resuming flights.
Brussels Airlines will resume flight operations on the same day, offering a route network of 59 destinations between June and August.
Swiss, meanwhile, will add more Europeans in June, while continuing to serve ten long-haul destinations.
Lufthansa group passengers are reminded that catering services onboard will remain ‘restricted’ until further notice, while there is also a requirement to use a mask or mouth and nose covering during the entire voyage.
India’s aviation minister has hinted that international service may be permitted to return soon, though there has been no confirmation as yet, nor a date for the resumption of overseas flights.
Unless Lufthansa knows something the rest of us don’t, I would treat this as an aspirational move for now, and wouldn’t be rushing to book international flights for travel to or from India in June.
Are you keen to see a resumption of international flights serving India?