Coronavirus: Lufthansa Group Continues to Suspend Flights to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy
Coronavirus outbreaks continue to make new victims worldwide, but with increased frequency in Europe. Nowadays, Italy is at the top of the list of new cases, while China records fewer and fewer cases from day to day.
Due to low sales of air tickets and the increasing number of people not attending boarding, Lufthansa Group continues to suspend flights to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.
Lufthansa Group continues to suspend flights to China, Iran
After a detailed assessment of all currently available information on Coronavirus, Lufthansa Group has decided to extend the suspension of flights between Germany, Switzerland, Austria and mainland China. Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines have suspended flights to China until April 24. Also, flights to Tehran (Iran) will be suspended until April 30.
In addition, Lufthansa reduces the number of flights to Hong Kong and Seoul (South Korea). Flights between Munich and Hong Kong will be suspended between March 6 and April 24. Passengers eager to travel will be routed through Frankfurt and Zurich. At the same time, between March 5 and April 24, more frequencies will be canceled between Frankfurt / Munich and Seoul.
Lufthansa Group continues to suspend flights to South Korea, Italy and Hong Kong
Even on the old continent, the situation is not at all rosy. Italy continues to register most cases with the new Coronavirus. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, in Italy there are over 3000 people confirmed positive with the new virus. This is why air traffic is declining to "boot" destinations.
Lufthansa is adjusting its operations to northern Italy according to the existing demand. More and more flights were canceled between Germany and Italy. Flights to Milan, Venice, Rome, Turin, Verona, Bologna, Ancona and Pisa are affected.
But the internal routes in Germany will also have low frequencies. Lufthansa will cancel several flights from Frankfurt to Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and from Munich to Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bremen and Hanover.
By the end of April, SWISS will reduce frequencies from Zurich to Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice. In March and April, Austrian Airlines reduces its operational program to Italy by 40%. Frequencies to Vienna are reduced to Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples. Until March 14, Brussels Airlines has reduced flights by 30% to Rome, Milan, Venice and Bologna.
If you have scheduled flights to / from Italy, it would be good to check their status. Airlines will notify all passengers of operational changes, but you should check them as well.
Due to these operational reductions, Lufthansa Group holds 150 aircraft on the ground, of which 25 are dedicated to long-haul flights.