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Lufthansa increases offerings for winter

Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa plans to expand its 2010-2011 winter offerings to include more seats and new destinations, the company said on Monday.

Lufthansa increases offerings for winter
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More than 12,200 flights per week – 3.5 percent more than the previous schedule – will be available to passengers, who will also enjoy 9.1 percent more seats, Lufthansa announced.

“Above all the new, larger regional planes, along with our new flagship (Airbus) A380 are contributing to the growth in capacity,” Lufthansa board member Karl Ulrich Garnadt said.

Planes will also be taking off and landing at their destinations more frequently, the airline said.

Three new destinations include Bogota (Colombia), Pointe-Noire (Republic of the Congo) and Luxemburg – making a total of 197 in 85 countries.

The new winter flight plan will be valid from October 31 to March 2011.

Lufthansa subsidiaries Austrian Airlines, bmi, Brussels Airlines und Swiss International Air Lines will also offer new destinations and flight times beginning on the same day, taking total offerings to 258 destinations in 107 countries, the airline added.

DPA/ka

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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.

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