In connection with the threat of coronavirus and economic considerations, German airlines decided to ground 125 short and medium-haul aircraft and 25 long-haul aircraft. As reported by Lufthansa, its performance was reduced by 25 percent.
“Due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by the spread of the coronavirus and the associated decline in demand, the Lufthansa Group responded by reducing efficiency by up to 25 percent. Canceling the route and adjusting the frequency of flights correspond to a capacity of 150 aircraft,” Lufthansa said in a statement.
German airlines have also announced that they will cancel all flights to Tel Aviv and Eilat from Sunday. On Friday and Saturday some of the flights to Tel Aviv were canceled. This is due to the Israeli authorities’ extended entry ban for travelers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. As a result, Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines flights were canceled.
As reported by the German carrier, by the end of March Lufthansa will cancel a total of about 7 100 flights including 3750 flights to 75 airports from Frankfurt and 3350 flights to 65 airports from Munich.
The list of canceled flights includes connections, among others to Italy, Poland, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, Russia, France. Flights to Hong Kong and Seoul were suspended until April 24. Until April 30, the carrier’s aircraft will also not fly to Tehran.
“In addition, the Lufthansa Group announced further measures to reduce costs in the areas of personnel, material costs and project budgets. Currently, it is impossible to estimate the impact on expected profits arising from current events”.