Lufthansa to tighten its belt with drastic cuts

Germany's biggest airline Lufthansa is planning drastic cuts in a bid to increase its annual yield from passenger flights by 900 million Euros, confirmed a spokesman on Saturday.

Lufthansa to tighten its belt with drastic cuts

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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Lufthansa fires up ‘jumbo jet’ for surge in German tourists bound for Mallorca

German airline Lufthansa said Friday it was taking "extraordinary measures" to meet surging bookings for the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca, deploying a jumbo jet to ferry passengers from Frankfurt.

Lufthansa fires up 'jumbo jet' for surge in German tourists bound for Mallorca
Tourists enjoy the first days of summer on the island of Mallorca. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/AP | Francisco Ubilla

The group said it had seen a jump in reservations from German sunseekers in recent weeks, as concerns about the pandemic ease thanks to falling infection numbers and vaccination progress across Europe.

To meet demand, Lufthansa said it would swap the 215-seat Airbus A321 that usually plies the Frankfurt-Mallorca route for its Boeing 747-8 “jumbo jet”.The 747, also known as the “Queen of the Skies”, can carry 364 people and is the largest plane in Lufthansa’s fleet.

The super-large planes normally fly transatlantic routes but have been
mostly grounded since the pandemic upended air travel.

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“Lufthansa is taking extraordinary measures in order to respond to a significant increase in booking demand for flights to Palma de Mallorca,” the airline said in a statement.

The jumbo jet will be used for four weekends over July and August, it added, Europe’s key summer travel season.

Mallorca is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Germans and is sometimes affectionately referred to as Germany’s “17th state”.

Before the pandemic, around five million German tourists visited the island
each year.

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