Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Germanwings will take over most of the parent airline’s Düsseldorf routes in March 2014.
The change – part of Lufthansa’s transfer of all European flights outside its Frankfurt and Munich hubs to Germanwings – comes later in Düsseldorf than at other locations such as Stuttgart, Cologne and Hannover.
When Lufthansa started planning the switchover to the budget carrier in 2011, management initially decided to retain the mainline flights in Düsseldorf and Hamburg due to those cities’ relatively large business-traveller markets.
But the plan now is for Germanwings to serve 31 destinations from Düsseldorf – comprising its own and former Lufthansa routes – once the summer 2014 schedule kicks in on 30 March.
The first transition phase will cover domestic flights to Dresden, Leipzig and Nuremberg, as well as a number of international routes.