Lufthansa has announced that it will launch Munich-Bengaluru route this winter. The airline will also launch new flights to Hyderabad later this year.
Lufthansa first announced plans to start flights between Munich and Bengaluru in 2019 with flights to be started in 2020. Then pandemic happened and plans were put on hold. Now that the international traffic has more or less recovered, the airline has once again announced plans to start flights on the route.
Starting 29th October 2023, which will be the first day of Winter schedule, Lufthansa will operate 3-flights-a-week between Munich International Airport and Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport with the following schedule:
- Departure time: 12:10
- Arrival time: 01:10 (the next day)
- Flight time: 8 hours and 30 minutes
- Flight number: LH764
- Frequency: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
- Departure time: 03:00
- Arrival time: 09:45
- Flight time: 9 hours and 45 minutes
- Flight number: LH765
- Frequency: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Flights will be operated by Airbus A350-900 aircraft featuring Business Class, Premium Economy and standard Economy Class seats.
Back in Hyderabad!
After more than a decade, Lufthansa will be back in Hyderabad, India’s pharmaceutical and high-tech industries hub. While details have not been revealed yet, Lufthansa says that it will launch flights between Frankfurt and Hyderabad, the details of which will be revealed in mid-May.
This will be the only direct connection between Hyderabad and Germany.
The expansion underlines Lufthansa’s long-term vision to strengthen its footprint in the Indian market by catering to the growing population of young working professionals.said Harry Hohmeister, Member of Executive Board & Head Global Markets and Network, Lufthansa Airlines.
Lufthansa is investing in the future region, that is APAC and India is a focus area. India with the world for us will be even more important than before the Covid crisis. We have seen the numbers and the group feels the Indian market is very, very important. Based on numbers India’s aviation market will grow every year by roughly 10 percent. The GDP will grow in this country by 6 to 7 percent per year. This will give us an opportunity not just to block around profitability, but the real opportunity is to fulfil our purpose and to connect people, cultures, economies in a sustainable way.he added.
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Focusing on India
India’s aviation market has been growing at a fast pace and with growing international traffic, airlines around the world are targeting Indian markets. Lufthansa is no different.
Lufthansa presently operates flights from both Frankfurt and Munich to Mumbai and Delhi and from Frankfurt to Bengaluru and Chennai. Additionally, Lufthansa Group member airline SWISS operates flights from Zurich to Mumbai and Delhi.
With the addition of Munich-Bengaluru flights, Lufthansa is expanding its Bengaluru operations. Munich will now be connected to three Indian cities and for the first time to South India.
Lufthansa has been using its dual-hub strategy to expand its operations in different parts of the world. With these new flights between Munich and Bengaluru, Lufthansa will enable even more connections through Germany to multiple cities in Europe and North America, in addition to those already offered through Frankfurt.
Looking at Hyderabad, it is the fourth busiest city in India in terms of passengers served. However, it did not have a direct connection to Germany or any other neighbouring country until now. KLM, SWISS nor Finnair, some of the biggest European carriers in India, do not operate any flights to Hyderabad. The arrival of Lufthansa in Hyderabad will enable the city to have easy connections to Europe and North America. British Airways does serve Hyderabad but Lufthansa will open up new opportunities for the city.
Also, Lufthansa plans to operate the Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner on Frankfurt-Mumbai route from 29th October onwards, replacing the Airbus A340-300 aircraft. This will result in hard product improvement for passengers flying Lufthansa on this route as the B787-9 features new-generation hard products.
Meanwhile, in June 2023, Lufthansa will once again start operating Airbus A380s on flights to the United States.
Featured image by Lufthansa
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