“East Meadow, NY, October 25, 2011 – This winter, Lufthansa is adding three new destinations to its route network: Rio de Janeiro, Aberdeen and London Gatwick.  From 30 October, the airline will serve 198 destinations in 82 countries, as compared to 197 destinations in 83 countries in 2010/11. Available capacity across the entire route network will be increased by four percent compared to the previous year. This growth is mainly due to the use of larger and more fuel-efficient aircraft types that have joined the Lufthansa fleet since last winter. The new winter timetable will run from Sunday 30 October 2011 to Saturday 24 March 2012.”

This makes a lot of sense. With the Soccer World Cup and Olympics coming up in Rio over the next few years, it positions Lufthansa to be a presence in the market for passengers from Europe.

The Aberdeen route comes on line due to the emergence of Aberdeen’s Oil industry in the North Sea. This compliments Lufthansa’s Oil and Energy destinations portfolio.