carrier Lufthansa has increased capacity on the bulk of its Russian routes as
it responds to soaring demand for international air services in Russian
to the winter schedule include two weekly services between Frankfurt and St
Petersburg bringing the total to 14, and third direct weekly flights on routes
from Frankfurt to Yekaterinburg, Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod. From the start of
December the latter will be extended to Perm, becoming Lufthansa’s seventh
destination in Russia.
airline is also considering resuming scheduled flights between Germany and
Novosibirsk in Siberia with a view to using local airport Tolmachevo for
servicing its Asian destinations.
country manager Ulrich Ruger says: “Given high load factors and steady demand
for international services, there is a potential for doubling frequencies on
our routes to Russian regions.
the current global slump in passenger traffic, the Russian regional market is
demonstrating a stable growth. This gives more evidence that our strategy of
expanding into it, is correct.”
Lufthansa has suspended daily flights from Dusseldorf and Hamburg to Moscow
because of their low profitability, though it continues to service the city
from Frankfurt and Munich.
branch head Sven Henrik Detring explains that Russia’s capital is more exposed
to changing fortunes in the global airline business than other cities. But he
adds: “We will monitor this situation and will resume the suspended services
[from Dusseldorf and Hamburg] once it becomes favourable.”