Lufthansa reworks global services to get people home

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Lufthansa has announced that it will extend its repatriation flight schedule, which was originally scheduled to run until 19 April, to 3 May. This also means that all remaining flights of the original flight schedule between 25 April and 3 May will be cancelled.

Flights which were planned to operate until 24 April were cancelled at an earlier date. As of today, 2 April, the route cancellations will be implemented successively and the passengers affected will be informed of the changes. 

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Lufthansa will continue to offer an urgently needed basic service. A total of 18 weekly long-haul flights are scheduled: three times a week each from Frankfurt to Newark and Chicago (USA), Montreal (Canada), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Bangkok (Thailand) and Tokyo (Japan). Flights to Johannesburg (South Africa) due to depart before 16 April have been cancelled due to official regulations. In addition, the airline still offers approximately 50 daily connections from its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich to the most important cities in Germany and Europe. 

SWISS will also offer three weekly long-haul services a week to Newark (USA) from Zurich and Geneva, in addition to a substantially reduced short- and medium-haul timetable focusing on selected European cities. Timetable to be announced. 

In addition to the regularly scheduled services, the airlines in the Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, SWISS, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings and Edelweiss) have been operating more than 300 special flights since 13 March, taking approximately 60,000 holidaymakers back to their home countries of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. Around 45 further flights are already in preparation.

Passengers whose flights have been cancelled or who were unable to take their flight can keep their booking and currently do not have to commit to a new flight date. The ticket and ticket value remain unchanged and can be converted into a voucher for a new booking with a departure date up to and including 30 April 2021. The conversion into a voucher is possible online via the airlines’ websites. Customers who choose a new travel date up to and including 31 December 2020 will also receive a 50 Euro discount.

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