Lufthansa LCC returns to long haul

Lufthansa has returned Eurowings to long-haul services, despite announcing in June that the low-cost carrier would focus on short-haul services to return it to profitability. Mauritius, Windhoek and Barbados will see the Eurowings tail for seasonal flights from October.

Lufthansa has released its 2020 summer flight schedule, which focuses on North American destinations, including Las Vegas, Seattle and Orlando, as well as a new service to Bangalore. The majority of the flights will operate in co-operation with Eurowings, the airline says.

“With Eurowings, the Lufthansa Group will significantly expand its long-haul services from Frankfurt and Munich starting in winter 2019/20,” says Dr André Schulz, gm of Lufthansa Southern Africa.

André says there will be Eurowings long-haul flights in the future and that the current reorientation discussed in June concerns only the organisation, commercial responsibility and flight planning of Eurowings’ long-haul flights, which are to be transferred to the Lufthansa Group’s network management.

“Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian are responsible for the hubs, while Eurowings and Brussels Airlines are responsible for all other ‘decentralised’ airports, such as Düsseldorf and Brussels. With the exception of Eurowings’ long-haul flights from Frankfurt and Munich from winter 2019/20 onwards, nothing will change for Eurowings’ sales operations. The commercial management of Eurowings’ long-haul services (outside the hubs) will continue to be handled by the Eurowings ‘Long-haul Competence Centre’ in Brussels,” says André.

In June, Lufthansa announced plans for a turnaround strategy for Eurowings, where as well as outlining a focus on short-haul point-to-point operations, it would also focus on the fleet standardisation of the Airbus A320 family, a 15% reduction in unit costs by 2022 and a reduction to one Air Operator’s Certificate in Germany.

The flights can now be booked with Lufthansa and Eurowings.