Lufthansa says it will fly to just six long-haul destinations this month, operating what it describes as an “urgently needed basic service”.

The Star Alliance member will carry out a total of 18 weekly long-distance flights between now and May 3 - all from its Frankfurt hub.

Flying Lufthansa first class on the A380 from Houston - Frankfurt

Which services will still be operated?

Lufthansa is planning to fly three times a week from Frankfurt to both Newark and Chicago, as well as to Montreal, Sao Paulo, Bangkok, and Tokyo.

In addition, the airline says it will offer around 50 daily connections from its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich to key cities in Germany and in Europe.

Swiss (part of the Lufthansa group) will offer three long-haul services each week to Newark from Zurich and Geneva, as well as a “substantially reduced” short- and medium-haul timetable focusing on select European cities.

Lufthansa A380 first class

Repatriation flights

On top of their pared-back regular flying schedules, Lufthansa Group member airlines (Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, SWISS, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings and Edelweiss) have performed more than 300 special fights since March 13.

These flights have taken some 60,000 holidaymakers back to their home countries of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium.

The Lufthansa Group has also operated 22 pure cargo flights, with relief supplies on board. A further 34 special cargo flights are planned.

Lufthansa A380 bathroom, including the famous urinal

Summing Up

Lufthansa’s latest schedule represents a huge reduction on its normal flying programme - but what’s normal right now?

Like Swiss, Lufthansa offers a fantastic first class product, and I can’t wait to fly it again as soon as this thing is over.

What do you make of Lufthansa’s latest announcement? Have you flown them in first or business class?