In the days following their takeover of most of Air Berlin’s routes, Lufthansa has deployed their 747s on certain flights between Berlin and Frankfurt to help move passengers between hubs.
Initially, plans called for the 747s to stay on the route for certain flights until November 30. Due to load factors, LH has now extended this strategy to at least December 21, primarily to help manage increased passenger traffic during the Christmas season.
Keep in mind that not ever flight between Frankfurt and Berlin is operated by a 747. In fact, only 28 flights in total will fly between the 2 cities between December 1 and December 21. All other flights between the city pair will be operated by A321 aircraft.
Lufthansa has announced that it has cancelled all flights to between from Munich or Frankfurt to Berlin for Monday, March 13, 2017. This as a result of a strike announcement by Ver.di who represents Ground Workers at both Berlin airports (Tegel and Schonefeld).
The strike scheduled for tomorrow comes on the heels of a walkout last Friday, and also comes conveniently during the ITB travel show taking place in Berlin at the same time. Plans call for upwards of 2000 workers to walk off the job at 4:00a Monday through 5:00a Tuesday, making for a 25 hour strike.
If your plans included transiting Berlin tomorrow please use this link to see what your options may be. Typically you can rebook to travel on a different day for no charge, get a refund, or switch to a Deutsche Bahn train ticket to get you to your destination.
To celebrate Germany’s victory at the World Cup Lufthansa is running a fare sale specifically to Berlin to mark the occasion. The fare sale runs until August 7 and covers travel into January 2015.
Most fares from the East Coast range in the low $1000 range (Miami – Berlin for $1,119) and move into the $1300-$1400 range from the West Coast. Chicago – Berlin is perhaps the most attractive at $1149 when you factor in distances, ease of hub access, etc.
Terms of the sale are as follows:
Departures must take place between August 24 and October 25, 2014.
Returns must take place between August 31, 2014 and January 25, 2015.
Tickets must be purchased 14 days prior to departure.
Minimum stay is 7 days.
Maximum stay is 3 months.
Keep in mind as you book your trip that flights can be operated by Lufthansa, Austrian, United, Swiss, Brussels or Air Canada. Depending on the carrier who is operating your flight and the frequent flyer program that you credit your miles to, you may or may not earn miles for your trip. If you have any questions about this, please ask and I’ll help you make sure that you maximize the miles you earn for the booking!