While away for the last 2 weeks, Lufthansa released information concerning their Winter 2017/18 timetable. Their updates reflect the resumption of 2 routes to the USA as well as 1 to Asia.
Perhaps the most important announcement involved the resumption of service between Berlin (Tegel) and New York (JFK) as a result of Lufthansa’s takeover of certain Air Berlin routes. Beginning November 8, LH will fly between TXL and JFK 5 times per week (Daily except for Friday and Sunday). The last time that LH flew this route was back in 2001.
Flight LH406 will depart Berlin Tegel at 5:35p, arriving in JFK at 8:35p while flight LH407 will depart JFK at 10:20p, arriving in Berlin at 12:15p the next day.
In addition, LH has also announced the following resumptions of service between Dusseldorf and Miami. Beginning November 8, 2017 LH will fly the route 3x/week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
Turning to Asia, Lufthansa announced that it will resume flights between Frankfurt and Shenyang, China effective March 26, 2018. The route will be flown 3x/week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays from Frankfurt.
While Air Berlin navigates bankruptcy through the German legal system, it has announced that cuts to under-performing long haul routes will take place almost immediately. The decision comes as a result of a dramatic fall-off in bookings that has taken place since the bankruptcy announcement.
As far as I can tell, here are the canceled routes:
Berlin – Abu Dhabi will be canceled beginning September 17.
Berlin – Chicago will be canceled beginning September 30.
Berlin – Los Angeles will be canceled October 1.
Berlin – San Francisco will be canceled October 1.
Dusseldorf – Boston will be canceled October 1.
For now flights from Berlin to Miami and New York (JFK) remain unaffected as do flights from Dusseldorf to Boston, Fort Myers, Orlando, New York, and Miami. Also unaffected at this point are flights from Dusseldorf to Cancun, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Varadero, Curacao, and Havana. I suspect these aforementioned routes won’t stay on the timetable for long but at this point AB plans to operated them as scheduled.
It is widely expected that Lufthansa will come away with a significant stake in Air Berlin after negotiations are completed between the German government, Air Berlin, and Lufthansa. It also appears that Easyjet will stand to benefit from certain Air Berlin assets as well. At this point it appears that Ryanair is the odd man out and will not be a benefactor of AB’s bankruptcy.
All updates for 2018:
Athens – Barcelona: Effective June 10 will increase from 10x/week to 11x/week
Athens – Bari: Effective July 4 will increase from 3x/week to 4x/week.
Athens – Budapest: Effective June 26 will increase from 4x/week to 5x/week.
Athens – Catania: Effective July 10 will increase from 5x/week to 1x/day.
Athens – Copenhagen: Effective May 6 will increase from 4x/week to 5x/week.
Athens – Dubrovnik: Effective May 29 will increase from 4x/week to 1x/day.
Athens – Dusseldorf: Effective July 3 will increase from 6x/week to 1x/day.
Athens – Hamburg: Effective March 28 will increase from 3x/week to 4x/week and then to 5x/week beginning July 3.
Athens – Lisbon: Effective May 28 will increase from 4x/week to 5x/week.
Athens – Madrid: Effective July 5 will increase from 10x/week to 11x/week.
Athens – Malta: Effective June 27 will increase from 4x/week to 5x/week.
Athens – Marseille: Effective June 15 will increase from 6x/week to 1x/day.
Athens – Munich: Effective July 1 will increase from 8x/week to 10x/week.
Athens – Naples: Effective June 20 will increase from 3x/week to 4x/week.
Athens – Podgorica: Effective June 3 will increase from 2x/week to 3x/week.
Athens – Prague: Effective June 8 will increase from 6x/week to 1x/day.
Athens – Rome: Effective March 25 will increase from 14x/week to 15x/week, and then to 17x/week on June 21).
Athens – Sofia: Effective June 9 will increase from 7x/week to 8x/week.
Athens – Split: Effective June 5 will increase from 3x/week to 4x/week.
Athens – Stockholm: Effective June 25 will increase from 3x/week to 4x/week.
Athens – Stuttgart Effective September 14, 2018 will increase from 3x/week to 4x/week.
Athens – Venice: Effective July 14 will increase from 5x/week to 6x/week.
Athens – Vienna: Effective May 2 will increase from 7x/week to 8x/week, and then to 9x/week on June 25).
Corfu – Moscow: Effective April 28 will BEGIN 1x/week service, increasing to 3x/week on May 30.
Irakleion – Geneva: Effective June 27 will increase from 1x/week to 2x/week.
Irakleion – Nantes: Effective April 26 will increase from 2x/week to 3x/week.
Irakleion – Paris (CDG): Effective June 6 will increase from 6x/week to 1x/day.
Thessaloniki – Stuttgart: Effective July 10 will increase from 5x/week to 6x/week.
Montreal – Tokyo (NRT) : Effective June 1, 2018 will BEGIN 1x/day service.
Shenzhen – Los Angeles: Effective December 7 will BEGIN 3x/week service.
Brussels – Mumbai: Effective October 1 increases from 5x/week to 6x/week.
Addis Ababa – Sao Paulo: Effective October 29, 2017 will BEGIN 5x/week service.
Addis Ababa – Vienna – Brussels: Effective December 12 will increase from 4x/week to 5x/week.
Taipei – Kuala Lumpur: Effective September 7 will decrease from 11x/week to 7x/week.
Copenhagen – Fuerteventura: Effective October 14, 2017 will BEGIN 1x/week service (Saturday).
Copenhagen – Tenerife South: Effective October 29, 2017 will BEGIN 1x/week service (Sunday).
Copenhagen – Tromso: Effective December 16, 2017 wilL BEGIN 2x/week service (Wednesday / Saturday).
Copenhagen – Funchal: Effective November 4, 2017 will BEGIN 1x/week service (Saturday).
Faro – Helsinki: Effective between November 4, 2017 and March 24, 2018 will operate 1x/week service (Saturdays).
Lisbon – Fez: Effective October 29 will BEGIN 6x/week service increasing to 1x/day beginning March 25.
Bangkok – Auckland: Effective October 29 increases from 5x/week to 1x/day.
Chicago – Clarksburg: Effective November 1 will BEGIN 6x/week service.
Chicago – Mazatlan: Effective December 23 will BEGIN 1x/week service.
Chicago – Sun Valley: Effective between December 21 and January 12 will operate 1x/week service.
Chicago – Sun Valley: Effective between February 11 and April2 will operate 1x/week service.
Houston – Mazatlan: Effective December 21 will BEGIN 4x/week service.
San Francisco – Vail: Effective December 18 will BEGIN 2x/week service (Saturday/Sunday).
Vancouver – Yellowknife: Effective December 15, will begin 1x/day service.
AIR NEW ZEALAND:
Auckland – Denpasar: Effective April 7, 2017, will BEGIN 2x/week service.
Bogota Bridgetown: Effective July 26, 2017, 2x/week service is CANCELLED.
Bogota – Madrid: Effective November 18, 2017, service increases from 18x/week to 20x/week.
Lima – Caracas: Effective July 25, 2017, 1x/day service is CANCELLED.
San Salvador – Newark: Effective November 17, 2017, will begin 5x/week service.
Addis Ababa – Lome – Sao Paulo: Effective December 10, service increases from 4x/week to 5x/week.
Frankfurt – San Jose (Costa Rica): Effective March 29, 2018, will BEGIN 2x/week service.
Munich – Tehran: Effective September 29, 2017, 3x/week service is CANCELLED.
Multiple European route announcements from previous post.
Bangkok – Vienna: Effective November 16, 2017, will BEGIN 4x/week service.
Denver – London: Effective March 24, 2018, will BEGIN 1x/day service.
Denver – Pueblo: Effective December 1, 2017, will BEGIN 12x/week service.
Los Angeles – St. George (SGU): Effective October 5, 2017, will BEGIN 1x/day service.
Newark – London (LHR): Effective March 24, service is reduced from 6x/day to 5x/day.
San Francisco – Hangzhou: Effective October 14, 2017, 3x/week service is CANCELLED.
Lufthansa has updated their Winter 2017/18 timetable with new European routes focused on getting passengers to warmer destinations.
In all, six new destinations will be added taking passengers to warm weather destinations in Spain, France, and Italy:
Frankfurt – Bari:
3 weekly flights will begin on October 30. Flights will take place on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday and will be flown by CRJ-900 aircraft.
Flight LH294 will depart Frankfurt at 3:35p, arriving in Bari at 5:35p.
Flight LH295 will depart Bari at 5:15p, arriving in Frankfurt at 8:20p
Frankfurt – Catania:
2 weekly flights will begin on October 29. Flights will take place on Wednesday and Sunday and will be flown by A320 aircraft.
Flight LH306 will depart Frankfurt at 10:05a, arriving in Catania at 12:30p.
Flight LH307 will depart Catania at 1:30p, arriving in Frankfurt at 4:10p.
Frankfurt – Genoa:
3 weekly flights will begin on October 29. Flights will take place on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday and will be flown by CRJ-900 aircraft.
Flight LH260 will depart Frankfurt at 9:00a, arriving in Genoa at 10:25a.
Flight LH261 will depart Genoa at 11:00a, arriving in Frankfurt at 12:30p.
Frankfurt – Pamplona:
4 weekly flights will begin on November 6. Flights will take place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday and will be flown by A319 aircraft.
Flight LH1118 will depart Frankfurt at 9:30a, arriving in Pamplona at 11:30a.
Flight LH1119 will depart Pamplona at 12:20p, arriving in Frankfurt at 2:30p.
Munich – Nantes:
Daily service will begin on October 29, with varying times during the week. A319 aircraft will fly the route.
Flight LH2242 on Monday and Thursday will depart Munich at 6:40a, arriving in Nantes at 8:35a. The return flight, LH2243, will depart Nantes at 9:15a, arriving in Munich at 11:00a.
Flight LH2242 on Tuesday and Saturday will depart Munich at 8:35a, arriving in Nantes at 10:30a. The return flight, LH2243, will depart Nantes at 11:05a, arriving in Munich at 12:50p.
Flight LH2242 on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday will depart Munich at 3:35p, arriving in Nantes at 5:35p. The return flight, LH2243, will depart Nantes at 6:10p, arriving in Munich at 8:00p.
Munich – Santiago de Compostela:
One weekly flight will begin on October 29. The flight will take place on Sunday, and will be flown by A320 aircraft.
Flight LH1866 will depart Munich at 8:30a, arriving in Santiago de Compostela at 11:20a.
Flight LH1867 will depart Santiago de Compostela at 12:10p, arriving in Munich at 2:50p.
Booking is now open for these flights on Lufthansa.com.