Lufthansa has begun to update their Winter 2018/19 timetable to reflect changes in capacity due to seasonal shifts in passenger traffic.
For the most part, LH is increasing capacity on routes that favor warmer climates during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter.
The changes are as follows:
Frankfurt – Bangkok: Beginning October 28, the A380 will replace the A343.
Frankfurt – Bogota: Beginning October 28, the A346 will replace the A343 on the route.
Frankfurt – Dallas: Beginning October 28, the A333 will fly the route exclusively (compared to a mix of A330 and A340 used last winter).
Frankfurt – Houston: Beginning January 2, 2019, the 747-8i will replace the A380.
Frankfurt – Miami: Beginning October 28, the A346 will replace the A380.
Frankfurt – New York (JFK): Beginning October 28, LH404 and LH405 will be flown by an A343, replacing the A333 used last winter.
Frankfurt – Philadelphia: Beginning October 28 the mainline A333 replaces the A340-300 CityLine.
Frankfurt – San Francisco: Beginning October 28 the A346 replaces the A380.
Frankfurt – Seattle: Beginning October 28 the A333 replaces the 747-400.
Frankfurt – Shanghai: Beginning October 28, the A346 replaces the A380.
For the Winter 2018/19 timetable, Eurowings has increased capacity on certain routes and altered frequencies on 2 destinations.
As far as the capacity increases are concerned, effective October 30 the A343 will replace the A333 on flights between Dusseldorf and Fort Myers. On October 28, the A343 will replace the A333 on flights between Dusseldorf and Miami.
The reason for the change is due to increased passenger demand for flights to warmer destinations during the Winter.
On October 28, service between Munich and Punta Cana will increase from 1 flight per week to 2 flights per week. SunExpress will operate those flights.
Beginning October 31, service between Munich and Mauritius will be reduced to 1 flight per week (previously 2 flights/week).
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).