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Lufthansa Group significantly expands service with June flight schedule

Lufthansa Group airlines have released their June schedule which shows a significant expansion of their services.

Lufthansa, SWISS and Eurowings are adding numerous destinations to their flight schedules in June, as well as more long-haul destinations.


The flight schedules of Lufthansa Group airlines are closely coordinated, enabling reliable connectivity to European and intercontinental destinations.

By the end of June, the Lufthansa Group airlines plan to offer around 1,800 weekly roundtrips to more than 130 destinations worldwide.

Harry Hohmeister, Executive Board Member of German Lufthansa AG said,

With the June flight schedule, we are making an important contribution to the revitalisation of aviation infrastructure. It is an essential part of European economic power. People want to and can travel again, whether on holiday or for business reasons. That’s why we will continue to expand our offer, step by step, in the coming months and connect Europe with the world.

Lufthansa’s additional flights that are resuming in the first half of June, in Germany and Europe, are from Frankfurt, Hanover, Majorca, Sofia, Prague, Billund, Nice, Manchester, Budapest, Dublin, Riga, Krakow, Bucharest and Kiev. From Munich, it is Münster/Osnabrück, Sylt, Rostock, Vienna, Zurich, Brussels and Majorca.

In the first half of June, the flight schedule also includes nineteen long-haul destinations, fourteen more than in May. In total, Lufthansa, SWISS and Eurowings will be offering more than 70 weekly frequencies overseas until mid-June, almost four times as many as in May. Further resumption of Lufthansa long-haul flights is planned for the second half of June.

Austrian Airlines has decided to extend the suspension of regular flight operations for a further week, from 31 May to 7 June. A resumption of service in June is being considered.

SWISS is planning to resume services to various destinations in the Mediterranean region, and other major European centres such as Paris, Brussels and Moscow will also be added to the programme.

In its long-haul operations, SWISS will offer intercontinental direct services in June, in addition to its three weekly services to New York/Newark. The Swiss carrier plans to offer flights from Zurich to New York JFK, Chicago, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Mumbai, Hong Kong and Johannesburg.

Eurowings had already announced that it would be expanding its basic program at the airports of Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg and Stuttgart and gradually adding 15 further destinations within Europe from May onwards. With flights to Spain, Greece, Portugal and Croatia, the focus is on destinations in the Mediterranean region. The island of Mallorca will again be offered from several German Eurowings gateways

Brussels Airlines plans to resume its flight operations with a reduced network offer as from 15 June

Lufthansa Group issued the following advice to passengers,

When planning their trip, customers should consider the current entry and quarantine regulations of the respective destinations. Throughout the entire trip, restrictions may be imposed due to stricter hygiene and security regulations, for example due to longer waiting times at airport security checkpoints. The catering services on board will also remain restricted until further notice. In addition, passengers will continue to be asked to wear a nose-and-mouth cover on board during the entire journey.

Lufthansa Group mandates use of face masks for passengers

Passengers on Lufthansa Group flights for the next four months will be required to wear face masks.

Mouth-nose covers will be a compulsory prerequisite throughout the entire journey on Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings flights until 31 August 2020.

Passengers are required to use face masks on Lufthansa Group flights until at lest the end of August 2020

In addition, Lufthansa Group is asking all passengers continue to wear masks at the airport, before and after the flight, wherever the required minimum distance cannot be guaranteed without restriction.

The group has also provided details of changes to in-flight procedures:

The current regulation of Lufthansa Group Airlines to keep the neighbouring seat free in Economy and Premium Economy Class will no longer apply, as wearing the mouth-nose cover provides adequate health protection.  Due to the current low occupancy rate, seats will nevertheless be allocated as widely as possible throughout the cabin. 

Passengers are required to wear masks throughout the flight as well as at the airport

All flight attendants on Lufthansa Group flights in direct contact with customers will also wear a corresponding mask.

Passengers are requested to bring their own mouth and nose cover. A reusable fabric mask is recommended, but all other types of coverings such as simple disposable masks or scarves are also possible. The airlines will inform their passengers in advance by SMS or e-mail and on their websites about the new regulation.

The airline group also gave information about the likelihood of transmission on its flights:

In principle, infection on board remains very unlikely. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, no concrete cases of transmission on Lufthansa Group flights have become known. All Lufthansa Group aircraft are equipped with the highest quality air filters, which guarantee air quality similar to that in an operating theatre. In addition, the air circulates vertically instead of being distributed throughout the cabin

The requirement comes in to force on Monday, 4 May 2020 and will “preliminarily apply” until 31 August 2020.

GTM launches third beer

Global Travel Management has produced its third in a series of limited edition, specially-crafted beers, celebrating aspects of business travel.

Route Beer is the latest ale created by independent brewery Thurstons Brewery, based in the village of Horsell, close to Global Travel Management’s headquarters in Woking, Surrey.

ROUTE BEER is Global Travel Management’s third celebratory beer, brewed by Thurstons Brewery

Route Beer has been brewed to celebrate Global Travel Management’s long-term partnership with travel commerce platform Travelport. And it commemorates the best-known road in the United States: Route 66 or “the Mother Road”, which stretches 2,448 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica.

In 2017, Global Travel Management celebrated its twentieth anniversary with its first commissioned beer, The Globe Trotter. And in 2018, the company produced Fliegerbier, in partnership with Lufthansa.

Route Beer marks completes the hat-trick of beers brewed specifically for Global Travel Management by the award-winning Thurstons Brewery and, like its predecessors is a bottle-conditioned beer, matured by secondary fermentation.

For more information on Thurstons Brewery and its beers, please visit http://www.thurstonsbrewery.co.uk.

Lufthansa’s “help alliance” celebrates its twentieth anniversary

The help alliance celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. The globally active aid organisation was founded in September 1999 as an association of employees from various areas of the Lufthansa Group.

It now forms the central pillar of the Group’s activities in the area of social responsibility and stands for professional, sustainable help for disadvantaged people – especially young people – worldwide. To date, the help alliance has collected €17 million in donations, which have been used for 50 projects in Africa, 55 in Asia, around 25 in South America and 20 in Europe.

Projects are proposed for support by Lufthansa Group employees and are also supervised by them on an honorary basis. Since 1999, 80 Lufthansa Group employees have volunteered as project managers. They regularly check on site to make sure that 100% of the donations go to the projects. This is in line with the guiding principle of the help alliance, which focuses on employee commitment.

Vivian Spohr, patroness of the help alliance said

The help alliance is a success story. Originating among of the workforce, it has been helping for 20 years where help is most urgently needed. Through the personal and voluntary commitment of Lufthansa Group employees and our other supporters, we have been able to offer children and young people a perspective. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks

All initiatives focus on education, work and income and thus contribute to the United Nations’ global sustainability goals of “Quality Education” and “Decent Work and Economic growth”. In the future, the Lufthansa Group would also like to offer its employees corporate volunteering in help alliance projects. Here, employees use their individual skills to work for the benefit of the project.

The construction of the iThemba primary school in the Capricorn township near Cape Town in South Africa is the largest help alliance project to date with an investment volume of more than one million euros. Since its opening in January 2018, 105 children are able to be taught in three classes. As soon as the construction is been completed, 700 disadvantaged girls and boys will receive high-quality education and offered a better future.

In 2019, the help alliance also significantly expanded its social commitment in Germany with new project co-operations. In Frankfurt, for example, help alliance is supporting a job buddy programme designed to help refugees to enter the German job market.

The help alliance, together with the employees of the Lufthansa Group, will continue to work for disadvantaged people around the globe.

Lufthansa’s lowest air fares remain available to customers of GTM!

Global Travel Management will continue to offer its customers the full range of Lufthansa Group Airlines’ air fares, despite the airline restricting access to their lowest prices via the traditional Global Distribution Systems (GDS) from December 1st 2018.

Lufthansa Group Airlines’ most competitive fares, sold in the UK, for European point-to-point flights have always been available to GTM – and all other TMCs – via their GDS’. However, from 1 December this year, Lufthansa Group has decided to restrict the sale of their lowest fares, via a new channel known as NDC. This means that only TMC’s who are connected to LHG’s NDC pipeline will be able to offer these fares; and GTM is one of those!

GTM has access to these fares – typically offering significant savings on European short-haul flights. These Economy Light fares on Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss and SN Brussels Airlines’ flights across Europe will all continue to be available via GTM, but will be restricted from the main global distribution systems.

Thus, GTM’s clients will still be able to book these flights, while some other travel management companies’ customers will not. GTM continues to work closely with Lufthansa Group, along with British Airways and Air France KLM to ensure that our customers benefit from the widest choice of fares at the lowest available cost. Please feel free to contact Paul Baker, Sales Director, should you wish to discuss the matter further.

Lufthansa Companion Fare Offer – Fantastic Offer!

Lufthansa Group are now selling, for a limited period, companion fares for customers who buy either a First, or Business Class, ticket.

Valid from the UK to the following cities: Bangkok, Beijing, Bogota, Delhi, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo or Shanghai.

Fares are on sale now and until 3rd September 2018, and valid for travel between 15th September 2018 & 30th June 2019.

The discounts on offer are considerable, for example, a fare for one person to Hong Kong starts from £1950, but for two people the equivalent fare is just £1250pp.

Early booking is advisable though due to restricted capacity.

Lufthansa Cabin Crew Strike Confirmed.

The ‘Organisation of Independent Flight Attendants’ union (UFO) has announced that it will take strike action on Lufthansa flights from today, Friday 6 November until Friday 13 November.

The UFO union has called up on its members based in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf to go on strike today  between 14.00 and 23.00 hours CET. Further strike actions are to be expected tomorrow, 7 November 2015. Lufthansa flights from and to Munich will operate as scheduled. There will be no strike action on Sunday, 8 November.

Lufthansa is currently creating a special timetable for the strike period. The necessary cancellations for long-haul flights from Frankfurt and Dusseldorf will be published shortly. Updates on all short-haul flights will be available at 11.00 hours CET.

Lufthansa expects at least 8 of their long-haul flights to operate as scheduled. However, the majority of short- and medium-haul flights scheduled for departure from 14.00 hours onwards will have to be cancelled.

Flights operated by Lufthansa City Line, Germanwings, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and SWISS will not be affected by any possible strike action and will continue to run as normal.

We (Global Travel Management) are currently in the process of contacting our affected customers, however, if you are a client of ours please do not hesitate to call us, on +44 (0) 1483 747 321 to discuss alternative arrangements.

You may also call our emergency out-of-hours (ooh) team over the weekend on +44 (0) 20 3130 9767 for assistance too. Please note though that charges do apply for calls made to our ooh team.

Lufthansa cabin crew strike looms.

Passengers who are due to fly with German airline Lufthansa are facing possible disruption to their travel plans due to a planned strike by the airline’s cabin crew and the union representing them.

The industrial action is due to start this Friday, 6th November 2015, and will last for a week, unless the union’s demands regarding retirement and pension benefits are agreed to.

Lufthansa has until 1600 this Thursday to respond.

Lufthansa Pilots’ Strike Enters Second Day.

Pilots at German airline Lufthansa have started a second day of strikes today, Wednesday 9th September 2015, grounding around 1,000 flights and affecting 140,000 passengers, and said more strikes would come if the company’s management did not improve their offer in a row over cost cutting.

Lufthansa had tried to stop the strike, the 13th in 18 months, with a temporary injunction but on Tuesday night two courts ruled in favour of the pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit.

“If there’s no new offer from Lufthansa we will call for a further strike,” VC spokesman Markus Wahl told Reuters at Frankfurt airport. He said strikes could occur at any time, though the union would give 24 hours’ notice.

The pilots are striking over retirement benefits, pay and Lufthansa’s plans to expand low-cost operations. They want Lufthansa to halt the expansion of Eurowings, which has an Austria operating licence, while negotiations continue.

Lufthansa management has said it must achieve cost cuts in order to compete with budget rivals such as Ryanair, which are targeting the German market.

Lufthansa Pilots’ Strike – Wednesday 18th March

The pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit, has called a Germany-wide strike on all Lufthansa continental flights for tomorrow Wednesday, 18 March from 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours CET. Lufthansa long-haul flights will operate as scheduled.

There will be a significant adverse impact on Lufthansa operations during the strike period. However, the Lufthansa Group will still operate the majority of its approximately 3,000 flights a day and will be able to offer most passengers the alternative of rebooking on other flights.

Flights by the Lufthansa Group airlines Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Germanwings and SWISS (operated by OS, SN, EW, 4U, LX) as well as flights by Air Dolomiti (operated by EN) are unaffected by the strike and will operate as scheduled.