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Lufthansa to tighten its belt with drastic cuts

The Local · 21 Apr 2012, 13:36

Published: 21 Apr 2012 13:36 GMT+02:00

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Lufthansa will not buy any more planes for the next three years, will cancel some routes and do away with first class tickets on many long-haul flights according to a newspaper report.

"Our return has been constantly sinking over the past years," wrote Carstan Spohr, director of passenger flights, in a letter to employees in which he outlined the plans, seen by the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

Lufthansa is struggling against competition from budget airlines the paper reported on Saturday. Part of the plan will see the airline merge together with its budget subsidiary German Wings outside of the hubs of Frankfurt and Munich.

"In 2011 we only gained one percent of our turnover as profit. That this margin is not sufficient in an investment-intensive branch such as the airline industry doesn't require any further explanation," wrote Spohr.

Unprofitable flight routes will be cancelled and first class tickets will no longer be sold for many long-haul flights, confirmed a spokesman on Saturday.

The airline, which employs around 65,000 Germans, has not ruled out staff redundancies, although the spokesman said plans have not yet been finalised.

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14:56 April 21, 2012 by smart2012
Not surprised. Crisis effect
15:44 April 21, 2012 by catjones







>>> Air Berlin

18:18 April 21, 2012 by maxsleg
I am a very regular (Senator) flier with LH, the past months their service has really collapsed. The staff, especially aircrew, are pleasent and work hard but 'operationally' the airline is a mess. You can really see the impact of even cent they try to save. I will very likely go back to United (or even AF) as they seem to really want passangers.

Their struggle is not with budget airlines but their own operational and leadership issues....
04:19 April 23, 2012 by jmclewis
Lufthansa grew too fast to absorb and properly manage itself and the new companies, Swiss, Austrian......
08:45 April 23, 2012 by kwasigi
I bought a ticket to fly Lufthansa to somewhere in Africa only to be flown out by an outsourced airline - Privatair. I felt short changed even though the service was ok. If I can be flown by Privatair, then I will shop around next time. The emotional appeal of the brand matters.
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